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RIKEN Scientist Quits; Lab Says It's Clean

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Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1033b

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TOKYO-- A Japanese research institute says that it did not do anything improper in a case of alleged economic espionage against the United States. Last week the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) released a report denying that it directed Takashi Okamoto to steal biological materials from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and then hired him to gain access to trade secrets. At the same time, RIKEN officials announced that Okamoto has resigned from the institute.