– Professor Yukio Hayakawa of Gunma University Is Under Attack (EX-SKF, Dec. 7, 2011):
from his own university.
He was reprimanded by the university president for his “insensitive and inappropriate” remarks about “disaster victims” in Fukushima on his Twitter and blog, and is threatened with “disciplinary measures” that include termination from his position.
There are four types of “disciplinary measures” for public employees like Hayakawa: termination, suspension without pay, pay cut, and reprimand. He already got the last one.
He is the one who put out the radiation contour map from the very early days of the disaster. He is very much politically incorrect, not afraid to say things as they are.
Professor Hayakawa tweeted the entire reprimand live, after warning the university that he was tweeting live.
Hayakawa decided to hold a press conference this afternoon (December 8), changed his mind and decided to have an open lecture instead and booked the classroom. The school disallowed his booking, because the reservation didn’t go through the proper channel. So he decided to have an open house in his office.
Then the head of the department came and forbid him to have an open house in his own office, but somehow that must have gotten resolved, and Professor is speaking with the media.
Tokyo Shinbun, Kyodo News, Yomiuri, TBS, and IWJ (Yasumi Iwakami) are there right now, live on USTREAM, here.
(And here’s the link to the video recorded live.)
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