• Kyodo


The United States is likely to wait a while before lodging a formal request for the extradition of a Japanese researcher accused of stealing genetic materials on Alzheimer’s disease from a U.S. research lab and sending them to Japan, a U.S. federal prosecutor said Thursday. Washington is continuing unofficial negotiations with Tokyo over the proposed extradition of Takashi Okamoto, the prosecutor told reporters after a preparatory hearing at a federal court in Akron, Ohio.

The hearing was held to consider the case of Okamoto’s alleged accomplice, Hiroaki Serizawa, an assistant professor of molecular biology at the University of Kansas.

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