Nov. 29, 2019
Dear Students of the ITASIA Program:
At this moment of crisis, I renew my commitment to promote an academic environment where every member of the community feels safe and free to pursue their academic interests. To do so, I have asked the Dean and Vice Deans to take appropriate actions to ensure that all of you feel supported and cared for, including giving you opportunities to voice your thoughts and concerns. I have also asked them to take clear measures against Dr. Ohsawa as expeditiously as possible. Moreover, I have requested a complete and thorough investigation of the whole affair so that there will be no recurrences of this kind of behavior.
No doubt many of you have been unsettled, saddened, upset and/or infuriated by the malicious comments of Dr. Ohsawa and those who support him. Students are the foundation of our university and our program. I deeply care about and respect how each of you feel. Should you wish to talk to a faculty member about this matter, please contact me. You may also contact the International Student Support Room. Their staff has been fully informed of this incident.
I will continue to fight racism and discrimination and shall do my best as the director to create a rigorous academic environment where freedom of constructive academic dialogs are celebrated. I will keep you updated about any further developments regarding this issue.
Professor of Media and Journalism Studies
Director of the ITASIA Program
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
The University of Tokyo