Japanese academic and mass media discourse surrounding Haruko Obokata case is, as to be expected, disgraceful. Issues that should have been raised include:
1. Poor academic skills training on all education stages up to and including doctoral level.
2. The accountability of institutions and the absence of institutional checks to control research quality.
3. The scarcity of support systems / mentorship programmes for developing ideas into knowledge within the academia.
Instead, have a discourse of a young woman-scientist who made a mistake and is solely responsible. Her male mentors are without fault. She has been banned from mass-media appearances, and instead forced to cry and apologise during a press conference.