Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who marked one month in office on Friday, has incurred the ire of the country's academia by rejecting six out of 105 scholars nominated to a government advisory panel.
All six had been openly critical of controversial security and anti-conspiracy policies pushed for by Mr Suga's predecessor Shinzo Abe, and their exclusion to the Science Council of Japan is seen as a high-handed, vindictive act by the new Prime Minister.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 18, 2020, with the headline 'One month in office, Japan's PM finds himself pitted against academia'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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