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February 19, 2004

Copycat Shinshu Lecturer Suspended

A member of the English Education faculty of Shinshu University has been suspended for six months for copying a student's work. A thesis published in 1996 by Takumi Ihara (57) was found to have been largely plagiarised from an unpublished work by one of his graduate students. The thesis was originally presented orally to the Chubu English Language Education Society in June, 1995. Ihara's written version did not credit the original presentation, used more than half of its content and included 12 of the original's 17 bibliographic references. It was also found that since 1997 Ihara on nine seperate occasions had 4 of his graduate students substitute for him in lectures with hardly any advance notice. University vice-president Kenichiro Fujisawa gave a press conference last week to apologize.

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