EastAsian Anthropologist MLへのDavid Slater氏のメッセージ;

Institute for the Study of Social Justice at Sophia University
Invites you to a film screening:

AGAINST COERCION:Refusing to Stand for " Kimigayo"
(87 minutes/in Japanese with English subtitles)
Directors: Matsubara Akira and Sasaki Yumi (Video Press)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Room L921, 9th Floor, Central Library
Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Free Admission

Since the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education issued a decree to strictly enforce the hoisting of Hinomaru and the singing of Kimigayo at school ceremonies in 2003, over 340 public school teachers in Tokyo have so far faced disciplinary actions for "negligence of duties." Although the Tokyo Local Court ruled such coercion unconstitutional in September 2006, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education took disciplinary measures against a further 35 teachers in March 2007 and appealed to Tokyo High Court. The punitive measures of the Tokyo Board of Education are cumulative, and as a consequence, it looks quite possible at this point that some teachers will face dismissal in March 2008 --if they continue to refuse to stand for Kimigayo.

Such developments are not limited to Tokyo public schools, and are indeed of particular relevance to those who are in teaching professions at school as well as university levels. The new Law on National Referenda that the Abe government enacted last month contains a stipulation that prohibits teachers (and public servants) to "utilize their positions" during future campaigns on constitutional revisions –in other words, a school teacher or university professor who expresses a view that does not conform with the
government proposal may very well face similar disciplinary measures for "negligence of duties."

This documentary film follows the school teachers, and their students, as the teachers refuse to stand for Kimigayo and face pay-cut, suspension, and re-training programs. The doors open at 17:00, and the movie screening is followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Kawarai Junko, who is currently suspended from her position at a school for the disabled in Tokyo.

This event represents the first part of a program entitled "Is Freedom in Danger?" organized by the Institute for the Study of Social Justice, Sophia University. It will be followed by a symposium on October 11, where Prof. Takami Katsutoshi (Sophia Law School) will speak on the subject of constitution and freedom, Father Tani Daiji (Bishop of Saitama, Catholic Church) on freedom of religion, and Koichi Nakano (Sophia University) on the contemporary politics of illiberalism (all in Japanese).

社会正義研究所 では、連続企画『自由は危ないのか』第1回として、下記の予定でドキュメンタリー映画上映会を開催いたします。


(With English Subtitles)

2003年に東京都教育委員会が卒業式や入学式での日の丸掲揚・君が代斉唱の「厳格実施」を通達して以来、のべ340人を超える教員が職務命令違反を理由に懲戒処分を受けている。2006年9月には東京地裁が「強制は違憲」とする判決を下したにもかかわらず、東京都教委は2007年3月に新たに35人に処分を行った。都教委の処分は累積性を持つことから、現況では2008年3月についに免職処分(解雇 )となる教師が現れることが危惧される事態となっている。



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憲法と自由」 高見勝利・上智大学法科大学院教授
「信教の自由と政教分離」 谷大二・さいたま教区司教
反自由の政治」 中野晃一・上智大学国際教養学部准教授