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Japanese-Born British Author Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature (News)

London, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)—The Swedish Academy said Thursday that it has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 to Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro speaking in Tokyo in June 2015. (©Jiji) The academy said that Ishiguro, 62, is an author "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with…
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Japanese-Discovered 113th Element Officially Named Nihonium (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The 113th element has been officially named nihonium, as proposed by the Japanese scientists who created the new element for the first time, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry said Wednesday. The new element's symbol is Nh, also proposed by the Japanese research team led by Kosuke Morita of state-affiliated research institute Riken. The name an…
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Timeline for December 2015

The government endorses exemptions for food in the country’s upcoming consumption tax hike, the Supreme Court upholds a law requiring married couples to have the same last name, and Japan and Korea reach a potentially ground-breaking agreement on the "comfort women" issue. Here are the top Japan-related stories for December 2015.
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Japan in 2015: The Year’s Top Stories

Security legislation passes amid protests, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō makes a statement to mark the seventieth anniversary of the ending of World War II, and Japanese hostages are killed in Syria. A look back on the biggest Japan-related stories of 2015.
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Japan Falling Behind in Scientific Publishing

The past ten years has seen a relative drop in the number of academic papers published by Japanese scientists. Over this time, Japan has slipped from second to fourth place, in terms of global share. Some worry that this trend will result in fewer and fewer Japanese researchers winning the coveted Nobel Prize.
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Timeline for October 2015

Two Japanese scientists win Nobel Prizes, Prime Minister Abe reshuffles his cabinet, and Japan reaches agreement with the other countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Look back on the top Japanese news stories of October 2015.
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Kajita Takaaki Wins Physics Nobel for Work on Neutrinos

On October 6, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Kajita Takaaki of the University of Tokyo and Arthur McDonald of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, for their discovery that the subatomic particles known as neutrinos have mass. The announcement came a day after Ōmura Satoshi, professor emeritus at Kitasato University, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, making ba…
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Ōmura Satoshi Wins Quarter Share of Medicine Nobel

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to scientists from Japan, Ireland, and China for “therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.” Ōmura Satoshi (professor emeritus at Kitasato University), William C. Campbell (research fellow emeritus at Drew University in the United States), and Tu Youyou (chief researcher at…
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Timeline for December 2014

Abe Shinzō is reelected as prime minister, Hayabusa 2 sets off on a mission to collect asteroid samples, and Toyota launches the world’s first mass-market fuel cell vehicle. An overview of the key news stories for December 2014.
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Timeline for October 2014

Three Japan-born researchers win the Nobel Prize in Physics, a Japanese journalist is indicted for defamation in Seoul, and two newly appointed female cabinet ministers resign. An overview of the key news stories for October 2014.
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