Saturday, May 10, 2014

The STAP Cell Issue Needs Gloria Allred

Obokata Haruko needs Gloria Allred.  The STAP Cell issue violated her civil right.  Her lawyer hesitates to suit Riken for a libel case. Why is it taking so long?  We all know her reputation has ruined, therefore also her career.  Think who persevered to discover the STAP cell.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government skipped raising the status of Riken and the other organization to the special national level, which enable much more funding, on the ground that Riken hasn't met the government's requirements for managing national organization. This is also very tame approach because it involves unspoken, shameful national illness on women’ rights. It is rooted deeply in our culture for a thousand years. Even today, top ministers cannot tell frankly to the top Riken leaders, "Look, clear your sunglasses and straighten your prejudiced attitude on women.  If you don’t, you're all fired for good for the future of Japan."

Also, Nature, a British magazine for science, said they've been investigating the issue on their own because what they published is their utmost concern. That's great. I'd like to hear their debate on this case. And please include your opinions on Japanese civil rights and women's rights.  I say it's backward and so obvious.  Many Japanese men are still unaware of their prejudiced attitude on Obokata san. This is more than the issue itself. 


ZACL said...

It is difficult to comment anymore than I have done in previous posts on this subject. I guess there has to be a different approach to women's rights to suit the embedded culture. I do not know how, though.

The fact that external national science organisations are going to examine pertinent material may be a useful beginning to the issue of women's rights and rights in general.

keiko amano said...

Yes, I hope some good things come out of this negative event.

I read that the external investigation found questionable data like cut and paste among the papers written by the scientists at Riken.

I hope nothing bad would happen to her. If this problem didn't come up, she could be working on the research and realizing her dream to help sick people around the globe. If the current STAP experiment at Riken fails, and if something happens to Obokata san, we might not see STAP cell for a long time.