December 2004. On December 27, 2004, the Nippon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) science page listed cold fusion research by Iwamura et al. (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) as the third most important technological trend of 2004. Iwamura et al. have published evidence for transmutations, excess heat and gamma ray production. See, for example:
The Mitsubishi work was the only breakthrough relating to nuclear science among the top 20. The Nikkei is considered the Japanese equivalent to the Wall Street Journal, and the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, where Iwamura published in 2002 (ref. 2, above) is Japan’s most prestigious journal of physics. Iwamura’s research has been confirmed by several leading laboratories in Japan and France, and replications are now underway at Tokyo University and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute Spring8 facility.