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Japanese Fraud Highlights Media-Driven Research Ethic

Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5501.34

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TOKYO-- Shinichi Fujimura's ability to plant stone tools to bolster the case for earlier human settlement in Japan has raised troubling questions about how archaeology is practiced in the country. It exposes a sloppy side of Japanese archaeology in which press conferences take precedence over publication, few scientists bother to study artifacts once they are plucked from the ground, and there is little public debate over the scientific merits of any claim.