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President of Japan’s RIKEN Research Labs Resigns

(Nature) – Ryoji Noyori, long-time president of Japan’s RIKEN network of basic-research laboratories, has resigned after a year in which the organization was embroiled in controversy over fraudulent stem-cell papers. The 76-year-old Nobel-prizewinning chemist had headed RIKEN since October 2003, and was in the middle of his third five-year term. At a press conference on 24 March, RIKEN revealed Noyori’s successor as of 1 April: Hiroshi Matsumoto, a former president of Kyoto University and an expert in space plasma physics.

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