A lawyer representing Yoshiki Sasai's family has revealed some details from a suicide note left by Sasai. After the controvery surrounding the STAP cell papers, Sasai was hounded by the press, and faced intense criticism from the public.
I think the scientific system has major flaws that result in high pressure environments, leading to misconduct and high profile cases such as this. While the misconduct was performed by lead author Obokata, Sasai was faced with a lot of criticism for his role in the research, and as a leader of the research institute. While some professional criticism is warranted, it seems as if lines were crossed, and that political undercurrents were at play. Hopefully we can reform the system to ease some of that pressure, which will provide a much healthier working environment for all.