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Statement regarding the Hitotsubashi University School of Law incident (Tentative Translation)

Last August, a student at the Hitotsubashi University School of Law took his own life after his sexual orientation was revealed to his classmates and the university failed to provide him with adequate support. We express our deepest sympathies for this student whose life ended too soon, and express our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family.

This incident was not discussed at all in faculty meetings, and most of the faculty members only found out about it in the media reports released on August 5th 2016. The Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences (CGraSS) is a research center that is affiliated with the Graduate School of Social Sciences and was established in 2007. Since then we have opened our doors to faculty from across the university, and this year celebrate our 10th anniversary. In this span of time, we have actively worked to enhance and promote the understanding of sexual minorities through open lectures and other events and activities. In addition, sexual minorities are explicitly included in the university harassment guidelines.

Precisely because of this, we are deeply saddened and angered by the news of this incident. Thinking of the pain and suffering of the student who took his own life, his grieving family as well as the students who feel fear and anxiety because of this incident fills us with emotions that we are unable to put into words.

To the students who are feeling anxious because of this incident, CGraSS assures you that we will support you with all of our strength and ability. In order to ensure that such an incident will never again happen, we demand that the university reviews its current support systems, and will do all that we can to create a safe and secure university environment in which all individuals can perform their studies and research. We hope that as many people as possible will join us in this effort.


August 9, 2016

The Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences(CGraSS)
Representative, SATO Fumika, Graduate School of Social Sciences
Research Division Representative, ITO Ruri, Graduate School of Social Sciences
Education Division Representative, OTA Miyuki, Graduate School of Social Sciences
Research Division Representative, KIDO Yoshiyuki, Graduate School of Social Sciences
Research Division Representative, MORI Chikako, Graduate School of Law
Financial and Administrative Affairs Representative, SAKA Natsuko, Graduate School of Social Sciences
AHMADJIAN, Christina L., Graduate School of Commerce and Management
LEE Yeounsuk, Graduate School of Languages and Society
INOUE Mayumo, Graduate School of Languages and Society
OKOCHI Taiju, Graduate School of Social Sciences
OCHI Hiromi, Graduate School of Commerce and Management
KIMOTO Kimiko, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Emeritus Professor
KONO Shintaro, Graduate School of Commerce and Management
SAKAMOTO Hiroko, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Emeritus Professor
DALE, Sonja, Graduate School of Social Sciences
NAKAI Asako, Graduate School of Languages and Society
NAGATSUKA Makoto, Graduate School of Law
YAMADA Tetsuya, Graduate School of Social Sciences

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Upcoming Public Lectures

The 38th CGraSS public lecture is scheduled as follows.
Date: Friday, 18th November 2016, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Faculty Building 3, Research Conference Room
Spaker: Mameta Endoh, Sohshi Matsuoka
The 37th CGraSS public lecture is scheduled as follows.
Date: Friday, 14th October 2016, 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Mercury Tower 3406
Spaker: Professor Ilse Lenz, Faculty of Sociology, The Ruhr University
The 36th CGraSS public lecture is scheduled as follows.
Date: Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Faculty building 3, Research Conference Room
Spaker: Associate Professor Akiko Takeyama, Faculty of Cultural Anthropology, The University of Kansas
The 35th CGraSS public lecture is scheduled as follows.
Date: Friday, 17th June 2016, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Mercury Tower 3406
Spaker: Professor Futoshi TAGA, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University

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