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Haruko Obokata speaks to reporters in the city of Osaka in 2014. Ten years after the STAP scandal, structural problems that led to the scandal persist, leaving ample room for researchers to tamper with research data, experts say.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Apr 9, 2024
Little change in Japan’s research sector 10 years after stem cell fraud
A decade after the STAP scandal, there is still a lot of leeway for researchers to tamper with data.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 24, 2016
In first interview since '14, scandal-hit Obokata says she has received job offers from U.S., Germany
Disgraced scientist Haruko Obokata says she has received offers from American and German scientists to continue her research.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 18, 2016
Obokata questioned over alleged theft of Riken stem cell samples
The academic scandal over a debunked stem cell discovery has taken a criminal turn, with police questioning the scientist at the center of the storm.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2016
Obokata breaks silence, suggests colleague bears blame for STAP debacle
A former star scientist with the Riken research institute who was accused of fraud in 2014 tells her side of the story.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2015
Hunter and hunted: Where are they now?
The mutilations are frightful — dog, cat, rabbit and pigeon corpses missing heads, tails, limbs, ears. Weekly Playboy magazine reports nearly 40 sightings in the past four months in the Kanto region alone. Who's out there doing these things? With what thoughts in mind?
Nov 6, 2015
Riken institute spent ¥145 million on discredited STAP stem cells study
The money, spent from fiscal 2011 to 2014, also included a subsequent investigation into research misconduct.
Nov 2, 2015
Waseda University strips Obokata of Ph.D.
Tokyo's Waseda University will revoke the doctorate of cell scientist Haruko Obokata, because she failed to correct inaccuracies in her thesis as requested.
Oct 30, 2015
Waseda to strip biologist Obokata of doctorate
Waseda University in Tokyo is set to revoke the doctoral degree of Haruko Obokata, the biologist who rocked the scientific community by fabricating data during highly touted research on stem cells, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 24, 2015
Seven labs worldwide confirm 'STAP' cells cannot be reproduced
Seven laboratories have confirmed that a type of stem cell said to have been discovered by a Japanese scientist in now-retracted papers could not be reproduced, despite over 100 attempts, according to research published Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 7, 2015
Obokata returns STAP cell paper publication fees to Riken
Former Riken researcher Haruko Obokata has returned about ¥600,000 that went toward publishing her papers — since retracted — on STAP stem cells in the journal Nature, the research institute said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 1, 2015
New Riken chief pledges to restore trust after scandal
The newly appointed head of the Riken research institute has pledged to restore its reputation as a global leader in the field.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 20, 2015
Riken to ask Obokata for ¥600,000 in publishing fees for debunked paper
Riken said Friday that it would ask disgraced former researcher Haruko Obokata for about ¥600,000 in compensation for fees associated with publishing the results of her now-discredited research into so-called STAP cells.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 7, 2015
Nobel laureate Noyori to resign as Riken head
Nobel laureate Ryoji Noyori, head of the Riken institute, intends to step down after a difficult year caused by last year's botched stem cell study, sources close to the matter said.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 10, 2015
Riken serves Obokata, others with penalties; charges could follow
The research institution at the center of a scandal over faked work is putting most of the blame on scientist Haruko Obokata and to a lesser extent three of her former colleagues.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2015
Obokata may face criminal charges as former colleague alleges she stole stem cells
A criminal investigation now seems likely in the STAP stem-cell research debacle after a former Riken researcher filed a criminal complaint against disgraced scientist Hau00adruu00adko Obou00adkau00adta.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 6, 2015
Obokata does not appeal panel's condemnation of STAP cell study
The Riken research institute said Tuesday that former employee Haruko Obokata did not file an appeal in response to a report by its investigative panel that her debunked STAP cells were likely created instead from embryonic stem cells.
Dec 30, 2014
End of the STAP dream
At the very least, the education ministry, Riken research institute officials and others must determine what went wrong with the dream of STAP cell research and push for drastic change in Japan's research environment.
Dec 26, 2014
'STAP cells' claimed by Obokata were likely embryonic stem cells
An investigative panel at Riken says the debunked “STAP” cells generated by one of its scientists were likely created instead from embryonic stem cells.
Japan Times
Dec 19, 2014
Vexed Riken halts Obokata's bid to prove stem cell discovery
Discredited scientist Haruko Obokata's quest to prove her stem cell discovery comes to an end as Riken halts a monthslong attempt to verify the “STAP cell” phenomena.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2014
Eye expert Takahashi lauded for iPS cell advances by Nature
Ophthalmologist Masayo Takahashi, who led the world's first transplant of tissue generated from iPS stem cells, makes this year's top 10 list at the science journal Nature.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan