The Japan Times
October 5, 2001

Bogus archaeologist exposed again

Disgraced archaeologist Shinichi Fujimura, who previously admitted to planting pieces of Paleolithic tools at two sites in northern Japan, has also admitted faking discoveries at least 30 sites in the Tohoku region and Saitama Prefecture, archaeological association sources said Thursday.

Fujimura, 51, told a special investigative committee of the Japanese Archaeological Association that the ancient tool fragments he claimed to have discovered in Miyagi Prefecture - at the Zazaragi ruins in the town of Iwadeyama and at the Babadan A ruins in Furukawa — were in fact planted there, the sources said.

Fujimura's reported discoveries at the Zazaragi ruins had Japan's archaeological world declaring that remnants from the earlier Paleolithic era — dating back more than 30,000 years — existed in Japan.

In addition to the two Miyagi Prefecture sites, the scholar has admitted to falsifying finds at several other locations, bringing the total to at least 30, the sources said. The revelations were made during five interviews conducted between the committee and Fujimura since May with the presence of his lawyers and doctors, they added.

Fujimura's latest admission will probably lead to Japanese Paleolithic history, which is based on his fabricated findings, being rewritten.

Committee chairman Mitsunori Tozawa, a professor at Meiji University, declined to comment on the specific names of the ruins in question, but said it was likely that details would be made public after a gathering of the Japan Archaeological Association in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, over the weekend.

Fujimura admitted in November to fabricating findings at the Kamitakamori archaeological site in the town of Tsukidate, Miyagi Prefecture, and at the Soshin Fudosaka ruins in Shintotsukawa, Hokkaido.

Among the sites where results were fabricated were ruins in Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, believed to be the oldest cave ruins in Japan, and two sets of ruins in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture — Ogasaka and Nagaone. Artifacts were found at the latter that led researchers to believe there was a "Chichibu man," a Japanese version of early man.