“It’s unnatural for mice to die exactly every 10 days,” writes a group of online whistle blowers about a high-level Japanese research project.


Either Japanese mice are rather like Mr Bunbury in The Importance of Being Earnest

My dear Aunt Augusta … The doctors found out that Bunbury could not live … so Bunbury died.

He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians.

— or, um, “the data [was] tampered [with] to suit the theory envisioned by the researchers.”

But that’s just the Japanese way.

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