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Yoshiaki Arata (荒田 吉明, Arata Yoshiaki, 22 May 1924[1][2] – 5 June 2018)[3][4][5] was a Japanese physicist. Arata was one of the pioneering researchers into nuclear fusion in Japan[5] and a former professor at Osaka University.[6] He is reported to be a strong nationalist, speaking only Japanese in public.[5] He received the Order of Culture in 2006.[7]

Yoshiaki Arata
Born (1924-05-22)22 May 1924
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died 5 June 2018(2018-06-05) (aged 94)
Residence Japan
Nationality Japanese
Awards Order of Culture of Japan
Scientific career
Fields Cold fusion
Institutions Osaka University

Arata started researching and publishing in the field of cold fusion around 1998, together with his colleague Yue Chang Zhang.[8]

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  • Y. Arata and Y. C. Zhang. "Achievement of intense 'cold' fusion reaction," Proceedings of the Japanese Academy, series B, 1990. 66:l.
  • Y.Arata. Patent Application US 2006/0153752 A