• Kyodo News


The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday turned down a damages suit against the government by a medical researcher who was detained for 57 days in 2004 after being wanted by the U.S. on suspicion of industrial espionage.

Takashi Okamoto, 46, a former researcher at RIKEN, Japan’s only comprehensive research institute in science and technology, was seeking 42.9 million yen. He accused the government of misinterpreting the extradition law and detaining him illegally.

Presiding Judge Nobuhiro Katada said there was nothing illegal about the procedures taken to detain him.

Okamoto, who was a researcher at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, was indicted in the U.S. in 2001 on charges of industrial espionage for allegedly stealing genetic materials related to research into Alzheimer’s disease in July 1999.

In February 2004, Japanese prosecutors detained him in response to a request from the U.S. government.

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