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Tohoku University assistant professor spreads conspiracy theory

  • February 25, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 35
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An assistant professor at Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Information Sciences has posted on YouTube video clips that include a conspiracy theory related to last year’s U.S. Presidential election, the university disclosed to the Asahi Shimbun on Feb. 24. The office, with which the assistant professor is affiliated, posted a statement on its website, expressing concern that “releasing information of dubious credibility causes confusion in society.”

 

The assistant professor, who is a self-described “expert on contemporary Chinese issues,” has a private YouTube account with some 230,000 followers. In January, he posted a video clip claiming that “(former Senator) Hillary (Clinton) was arrested,” and the clip received 1.14 million views. The post was later taken down, and the assistant professor explained in another video that “it seems that the information was fake.” The morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun on Feb. 7 reported this incident.

 

“The act is in direct contradiction to building a safe and sound society based on truth and scientific fact,” read the statement issued on Feb. 24 by the Laboratory of Socio-Economic Analysis of Urban System [sic] in the Department of Human-Social Information Sciences. The statement also points out that the information dissemination was done by the assistant professor in his capacity as a private citizen and is unrelated to the university.

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