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Kyoto Sangyo Univ. drops animal medicine faculty plan

Jiji PressKYOTO (Jiji Press) — Akira Kurosaka, vice head of Kyoto Sangyo University, said Friday that the school has dropped its plan to establish a veterinary medicine department in a national strategic special zone.

As a reason for the decision, Kurosaka told a press conference that there is too little time to prepare for the opening. He also said the plan will not be revived in the future.

Kyoto Sangyo University and scandal-hit Kake Educational Institution, which is run by a friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, applied to establish university veterinary medicine departments in different special zones.

In November last year, the government, however, decided to allow applicants to establish new veterinary medicine faculties only if there is no school with such a department in or near the applicants’ prefectures.

The decision made Kyoto Sangyo University ineligible, as Osaka Prefecture University in the western prefecture neighboring Kyoto has a veterinary science department.

Kurosaka explained that his university did not abandon its plan due to the geographical requirement. It did not have enough time to prepare because the government decided that new veterinary medicine departments in special zones must open in April 2018, he said.

Another reason is that it became difficult for Kyoto Sangyo University to secure excellent teachers because the Kake group applied first, Kurosaka added.

“It is regrettable,” he said.

Kyoto Sangyo University planned to train veterinarians that handle laboratory animals, mainly in the field of drug development using induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells. The building for the planned department was to be established in Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture.

The focus of the scandal is whether the prime minister’s office applied pressure so that the Kake group can open a university department of veterinary medicine in a special zone in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture.Speech

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