University of Tokyo Probe Finds Misconduct by Professor in Five Papers (News)

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Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)—An investigation committee of the University of Tokyo has found that a professor at its Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences committed misconduct, including data fabrications, in five papers.

The university will investigate other papers for which Watanabe Yoshinori, the professor in question, is responsible and decide how to punish him. It will request him to withdraw papers affected by the misconduct.

In a report by the committee released Tuesday, the university also said it found no scientific misconduct in other papers authored by five professors at its medical school who, along with Watanabe, faced allegations of misconduct.

The university recognized the wrongdoing by Watanabe and research partner Tanno Yūji, former associate at the institute.

The report said that there were data fabrications and falsifications for 16 charts and images in the five papers written between 2008 and 2015. They were published on Nature and other journals.

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