Riken affair boosts orders for anti-plagiarism software

(17 April 2014, Kobe)  A growing number of universities in Japan are introducing software systems to detect plagiarism in academic papers amid a recent plagiarism controversy at Riken, the state-backed research institute.

And because of a recent ordinance that all doctoral theses must be published on the internet, plagiarism issues need to be identified before publication.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry has been reviewing guidelines on research misconduct and is planning to encourage universities and research institutions to hammer out their own programs to raise awareness of ethics among researchers.

The Japan Times has the story.