I’ve seen many crazy things over the years doing this blog.
Today there’s a new one that even surprised me.
Haruko Obokata, lead STAP cell author, has now entered the online game world, although it seems not of her own choosing.
The Asahi Shimbun reports that a new character in the video game Star Galaxy, “Haruko Oppenheimer” bears a striking resemblance to Obokata. Presumably this name is a mash up of Haruko Obokata and Robert Oppenheimer of the Manhattan Project that made the first atomic bombs.
Gamers noticed the virtual Obokata. See image here for yourself.
Obokata was known for decorating her lab with cute cartoon-like characters as well (see one on her incubator).
In the Star Galaxy online game, Haruko Oppenheimer was conducting “dangerous research” under the theme “ultimate cell”. Not sure what that means exactly, but it sure seems like a reference to STAP cells.
Game maker Square Enix, apologized and changed the character’s name to “Jesca Fred”, but not her appearance.
Obokata is now officially immortalized in pop culture.