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Chair Quits Japan Panel in Protest

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Science  29 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5257, pp. 1799
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5257.1799


Tokyo—Kiyoo Mogi, the head of a committee of Japanese seismologists responsible for telling the government when unusual seismic phenomena mean a large-scale earthquake is about to strike a region near Tokyo, has resigned after failing to win the right to say “maybe.” Mogi has tried unsuccessfully to convince the Meteorological Agency that its current yes/no policy is too restrictive and that a third option—to issue a warning with a probability attached—would better serve public safety.