Kyoto Univ. Reveals Funds Scandal Involving Noted Primatologist

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Kyoto, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Kyoto University said Friday that it has detected improper spending of research funds totaling about 506 million yen by renowned primatologists Tetsuro Matsuzawa, 69, and Masaki Tomonaga, 56, and two other teachers of the institution.

The inappropriate spending of the research funds, including state grants, was found at the university's Primate Research Institute in the city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, and a facility in the city of Uki in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto. The irregularities included fictitious deals with a supplier and overpayments of fees.

While noting that some of those involved have denied wrongdoing, the university in the western Japan prefecture of Kyoto said that it could not confirm misappropriation of funds for personal use.

The university will consider disciplinary action against them. On whether to file a criminal complaint, the university said that it will hold consultations with related institutions.

Improper spending was found in 28 contracts between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2014. Matsuzawa and others signed faulty contracts with a company for setting up large cages for chimpanzees at the Primate Research Institute and the facility in Uki. The contracts were later revised, but the billing amount remained the same.

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