Gag Rule

Following up this article Public Enemy

The next day when Gunma University served a written warning to Prof Hayakawa Yukio, he held a press conference in his lab.

Before starting it, a department chair of faculty of education tried to stop the conference.

The department chair said:

  • 1) Prof Hayakawa offered time-off from 2PM – 4PM, he mustn’t be in his lab.
  • 2) The facility is for education. Press conference is disturbance for other staff.

  • 3) Because Prof Hayakawa is his time-off and the conference has nothing to do with the facility purpose, they mustn’t use electricity.

Prof Hayakawa turned off all the lights and PCs and the journalists submited their ID to the department chair to manage to open the conference.

Having this conference, one of the major newspaper companies Yomiuri wrote this article.

群大教授暴言「福島の農家はオウム信者と同じ」

福島第一原発事故による放射能汚染地図をいち早く作製したことで知られる早川由紀夫・群馬大教授(55)(火山学)が、簡易投稿サイト「ツイッター」に、福島県の農家をオウム真理教信者にたとえる書き込みをしたなどとして、同大は7日付で訓告処分にした。

同大によると、問題になったのは「セシウムまみれの水田で毒米つくる行為も、サリンつくったオウム信者と同じことをしてる」「福島の農家が私を殺そうとしている」などの書き込み。早川教授は8日、記者会見を開き、「放射能の危険性を多くの人に迅速に伝えるために、あえて過激にした。処分は学問の自由を奪う行為で、大学の自殺」と批判した。同大の堀川光久総務部長は「研究成果とは言えず、言論統制ではない。大学にも多数の苦情が来ている」とし、改善されない場合は懲戒処分も検討するとしている。

(2011年12月9日01時53分 読売新聞)

Translation:

Verbal abuse of Gunma University’s professor “Fukushima farmers are the same as “Aum shinrikyo” ‘s adherents.” (Aum shinrikyo = A Japanese cult group, which contaminated Tokyo subway with Sarin gas in 1995.)

12/7/2011 Gunma University served a written warning to Prof Hayakawa Yukio (55), who made radiation map for Fukushima nuclear accident. He tweeted comments to describe Fukushima farmers as “Aum shinrikyo” ‘s adherents.

According to Gunma University, the issue is about his tweets,
– Growing rice in cesium rice field is the same act as spreading Sarin gas.
– Fukushima farmers are trying to kill me.

Prof Hayakawa held a press conference on 12/8/2011 to state “In order to inform as many people as possible of radiation risk, I tweeted controversial comments on purpose. Gunma University’s warning against me is a suicidal behavior for academic freedom.”

Horikawa Mitsuhiro, Administrative Manager of Gunma University says “It’s not an academic achievement. It is not gag. A lot of complaints came to the university.”

The University is going to consider to take disciplinary measures if he does not stop verbal abuse.
(End)

Mt. Unzen, showing extensive pyroclastic flow and lahar deposits

Mt. Unzen, showing extensive pyroclastic flow and lahar deposits

In the conference, Prof Hayakawa said, in 1991, Unzenfugendake (A volcano in Kyushu) erupted. 43 people died and his friend was a victim too. He knew where his friend was staying was dangerous but he thought it was his own choice and didn’t warn him. He deeply regreted it and decided to warn everything he knows before something happens.

In March and April he bashed the Japanese government and Tepco but he thought it would take too much time to change them. He wanted to protect his family and himself too so he targeted something closer to him: “Fukushima farmers”. He thought he could stop them growing and selling cesium rice by bashing them. At least he wanted to discuss if 500 Bq/Kg is acceptable or not.

Additionally, Gunma University is co-operating with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency since 3/5/2010. It is to study nuclear energy co-operatively and exchange staff with each other.

(Source)

Japanese TV news reports that vegetables from Kanto area, such as Chinese cabbage or green onion, are unusually gigantic and cheap this year. They stupidly recommend to buy them more and consume.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOkx4_wLgbQ

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