Inaccurate infotainment

Makers of a Japanese science documentary have admitting making up experimental results and redubbing interviews to put false words into foreign scientists’ mouths.

The scandal broke after the programme claimed that eating fermented soy beans could help you lose weight. Claims made in several other of the show’s 520 programmes – about the soporific effects of lettuce, for example – are also under review.

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