Please stop Kyoto University from closing the Primate Research Institute.

Please stop Kyoto University from closing the Primate Research Institute.

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発信者:霊長類学研究者有志 宛先:The President and Executive Board of Kyoto University

Japanese Version (日本語版はこちら)

To all those who are interested in the study of monkeys and humans and the conservation of nature
 We, the undersigned, request that Kyoto University withdraw its plan to dismantle the Primate Research Institute with the following information. If you agree with us, please sign our petition.
 
 On October 14, Japanese local and national newspapers reported that Kyoto University is proceeding with a plan that would "de facto dismantle" the Primate Research Institute (PRI), an affiliated research institute (English news below*). We are opposed to this move by Kyoto University and call on the university to withdraw the closure of PRI.
* https://www.science.org/content/article/kyoto-university-close-leading-primate-center-over-misuse-construction-funds
 
 PRI is recognized as one of the world's most advanced research centers for the study of non-human primates. Primatology has made discoveries and conducted research that have overturned existing views of human-animal relationships and deepened our understanding of human beings. The researchers at PRI have led the world in primatology with distinguished achievements, including the discovery of cultural and infanticide behaviors in monkeys and the clarification of language and cognitive abilities in apes.
 In addition, the PRI has made efforts to disseminate these results to society, and to conserve nature in cooperation with local people in monkey habitats. We recognize that these achievements and activities have been one of the core elements of Kyoto University's creation of knowledge and contribution to society.
 It is reported that Kyoto University's decision to dismantle PRI was mainly due to the misuse of about 1.1 billion yen in research funds by its former director, a renowned cognitive scientist, and that in order to raise funds to return the misused funds to the national treasury, the institute will be "de facto dismantled" by downsizing and reassigning researchers.
 However, we don't think it is appropriate to close a world-class research center in order to return funds. Primatology includes such fields as anthropology, ecology, physiology, cognitive psychology, behavior, evolution, and genetics, and PRI has been a place for the development and integration of these fields and for research exchange. Its dismantling would be a great blow not only to primatology but also to these related fields. It is also expected to damage activities for nature conservation, which primatologists have been leading, to make a decline of animals' welfare at PRI, and these may be perceived that the university is neglecting its social responsibilities.
 It has been alarmed that the level of scientific research in Japan is declining in the 21st century. The Japanese academic world and ministries related to science and technology are struggling to prevent this. We believe that closing PRI is a step in the opposite direction.
 We can only imagine the difficulty that the executive board of Kyoto University is having in returning the misused research funds, but we sincerely hope that they will seek financial resources elsewhere and reconsider their policy of closing the Primate Research Institute.
 
Volunteer Primatology and Anthropology Researchers 
Representative: Yukimaru Sugiyama
Contact: Suehisa Kuroda  kurodasuehisa@yahoo.co.jp
Volunteers: Mitsuru Aimi, Toru Oi, Kunio Watanabe, Osamu Sakura, Kazumichi Katayama

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