University professor accused of getting students to produce MDMA

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Science professor Tatsunori Iwamura faces a sentence of up to 10 years in jail after allegedly getting his students to produce MDMA.

A pharmaceutical professor at a university in Japan allegedly taught his students to produce the synthetic drug MDMA without a permit, Japanese news outlet Kyodo News reports.

Professor Iwamura claimed that the nature of this endeavour was strictly educational.

Japanese law requires researchers to obtain a licence from regional authorities to manufacture illegal drugs for academic purposes.

If, when prompted to state his name for the courts he doesn't respond with: "You know".

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The Kyodo news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying that Iwamura had a license issued by a local government outside Ehime but it had expired. Four of those students, plus an assistant professor, are under investigation by prosecutors. His home and lab were both searched and although MDMA was not found at the lab, traces of another drug were.

"We sincerely apologise for causing serious concern to students and their parents", said Tatsuya Mizogami, the university's president, according to Kyodo.

He added that the university will take disciplinary action against Iwamura and the assistant professor, who has not been identified.

Walter White is the main character in the critically acclaimed TV show "Breaking Bad".

White, played by Bryan Cranston, was a former chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who starts manufacturing crystal methamphetamine to pay for his treatment and provide for his family - sometimes with the help of a former pupil.

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