The government may begin procedures this month to hand over a Japanese man wanted in the United States on charges of industrial espionage, according to government sources.

Takashi Okamoto, 43, a former researcher at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken) in Japan, was charged in the U.S. in May 2001 with stealing genetic material on Alzheimer’s disease developed by the Learner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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