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“Big Data” Raises Big Legal Questions in JapanSekiguchi Waichi

A debate is going on now in Japan on how data amassed from consumers can be effectively used without infringing on individual privacy. This article looks at recent moves on the part of the government with regard to the rules for the use of this “big data.”

The Great STAP Cell CommotionTakeda Tōru

The uproar over the STAP cell papers and the doubts raised about their authenticity goes beyond science, offering an insight into the current state of Japanese society. Media sociologist Takeda Tōru describes Riken’s attempts to use public relations techniques to boost interest in its results and how this plan backfired.

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