Japanese scientists call for boycott of military research

The Japanese science community is pushing back against government attempts to enlist academic scientists into research with possible military applications.

The Science Council of Japan, an advisory body to the cabinet, representing some 850,000 Japanese scientists, released a statement on 24 March calling on scientists to boycott military research and for universities and research organizations to evaluate the threats posed by such work. Since the end of the Second World War, Japan has remained staunchly pacifist.

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Japanese Scientists call for Boycott of Military Research, 6 April 2017