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February 13, 2004

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

On Tuesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government wrote to faculty members at the four metropolitan universities to ask if they are willing to stay on when they are integrated next year. Letters were sent to 518 professors, assistant professors and instructors, but not those who plan to retire by next year. Confirmation letters must be submitted by late April this year in order for the new school to receive staffing approval from the education ministry. The Tokyo government has been criticized for its closed-door approach to the planning of the new university, set to open in April 2005. There have been letters of protest and even resignations by faculty members who fear they will lose their jobs in the realignment or who want more openness in the decision making process. Plans for a new law school had to be postponed when teachers who had intimated that they would continue teaching resigned in protest instead.
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