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Timeline for August 2014

Landslides caused by torrential rain kill 72 people in Hiroshima and Japan marks anniversaries of the dropping of atomic bombs and the end of World War II. These are the top Japanese news stories of August 2014.

Timeline for July 2014

The government reinterprets the Constitution, sanctions on North Korea are eased, and Typhoon Neoguri causes three deaths. Here are the key Japanese news stories for July 2014.

The Problems of Science Management: Riken Is No Isolated CaseSven Saaler

The recent revelations concerning irregularities in papers published by a number of researchers affiliated with the research institute Riken have caused a rare surge of media interest in the state of affairs of science in Japan. In fact, the situation has exposed problems not only in Japan’s scientific establishment, but also in science and research management in general. Media coverage has nar…

After Riken Confirms Misconduct in STAP Cell Papers, Obokata Haruko Fights Back

Earlier this year, the government-funded Riken scientific research institute set up a Research Paper Investigative Committee to investigate alleged improprieties in the publication of two papers on STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells. The papers were published in January by a team of researchers from the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, led by Obokata Haruk…

Timeline for March 2014

Japan’s Paralympic athletes bring home six medals from Sochi; Osaka takes the country’s highest skyscraper crown from Tokyo; Japan makes moves on the diplomatic front; and an ICJ ruling halts the country’s whaling program. Here’s an overview of what happened in March 2014.

Timeline for January 2014

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's busy schedule takes him to Africa, Switzerland, and India; the Tokyo governor race begins to heat up; and scientist Obokata Haruko announces a potentially major discovery in cell biology. Review the events that shaped Japan in January 2014.

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