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Notice Regarding the Prevention of Research Misconduct

The Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion carries out various measures and policies in order to prevent research misconduct as described below, based on the “Guidelines for Responding to Research Misconduct”(Adopted Aug. 26, 2014 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT]), and “Guidelines for the Control and Audit of Public Research Spending in Research Institutions” (adopted Feb. 1, 2021 by MEXT).

Preventive Measures Against Research Misconduct

  1. Handling Guidelines on Prevention of Misuse in Public Research Expenses
  2. Outlines regarding Fair Management and Control of Public Research Expenses
  3. Outlines for handling Misuse of Public Research Expenses
  4. Code of Conduct for Research Scientists on use of public research expenses
  5. Outlines for handling misconduct in research activities
  6. Outlines for Implementation etc. for Ethical Education in Research
  7. Handling Internal Regulations for Research Records

Consultation Service for Operating Procedure and Usage Rules

A consultation service that accommodates inquiries regarding the handling of paperwork and usage rules, while both in and out of the Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion, has been established. The liaison officer is the Management Division Manager at the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM).

iCONM Management Division
Tel: 044-589-5700 (direct) / Fax: 044-589-5706 (direct)

Consultation Service for Inquiries, Request for Investigation and Accusation

A consultation service that accommodates requests for investigation and accusation regarding research misconduct*1, and misuse of public research funds*2.

iCONM Management Division
Tel: 044-589-5700 (direct) / Fax: 044-589-5706 (direct)

*1 “Research Misconduct” includes fabrication of research data and results, falsification and plagiarism. However, cases in which it is brought to light that actions were unintentional are not considered unlawful behavior.

(1) Fabrication: Creating research data and results that do not exist.
(2) Falsification: Manipulating changes in research documents, equipment or processes and manufacturing dishonest research results.
(3) Plagiarism: Dispersing another’s ideas, analysis, analytical methods, data, research results, essays, or terminology without the individual’s assent or appropriate accreditation.

*2 “Misuse of Research Funds” includes using competitive funds for another use, or using competitive funds in ways that violate the law, the fund notification or the regulations set forward by organization.

Guidelines for Accusation

  • Reports are to be made by telephone, in writing (fax, e-mail) or in person.
  • In principle, reports are to bear the sender’s name and must include the name of the party who carried out activities of misconduct and an outline of the items below should be clearly stated.
    1. The name of the researcher or group / team
    2. The specific nature of such conduct
    3. The scientific and logical rationale for the misconduct committed
  • Anonymous reports may also be dealt with as if they are signed accusations, commensurate with the content of the accusation.
  • False accusations targeting specific persons are not accepted.
  • The individual issuing the accusation will be requested for their cooperation with said investigation to the necessary extent.
  • For the investigation of the report, the report liaison and others assisting in the matter are to respect the wishes of the accused and the individual issuing the accusation, and will strictly protect their confidentiality.
  • If it is found that the report was made with malicious intent*3, the name of the accuser may be informed to the public.
    *3 “Malicious intent” in these rules shall refer to the intent to inflict damage to the investigated person, or intending to cause a disadvantage to the institution or organization to which the investigated person is affiliated.

Personal information is only used for correspondence related to the inquiry.