Japanese Fraud Case Highlights Weaknesses in Scientific Publishing

Yoshitaka Fujii faked nearly 200 medical studies over two decades. How was he able to avoid detection for so long?

The Great Pretender 2

Nagoya City U.

Yoshitaka Fujii was fired from Toho U. this past spring.

The office of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists is tucked away in a discreet corner of Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, an educational hub dominated by the country's most prestigious college, the University of Tokyo. It was an auspicious venue for a low-key showdown with perhaps the greatest academic fraudster of the past 10 years.

By the time Yoshitaka Fujii was summoned to a hearing here this year, his career was unraveling. His employers at the Faculty of Medicine at Tokyo's Toho