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Timeline for December 2016

Prime Minister Abe visits Pearl Harbor, an Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, and the House of Representatives passes casino legislation. Look back at the key Japan-related stories of December 2016.

Timeline for October 2016

Ōsumi Yoshinori wins a Nobel Prize, a powerful earthquake rocks Tottori, and the oldest member of the imperial family passes away. Read on to learn what happened in Japan in October 2016.

Ōsumi Yoshinori Wins Medicine Nobel for Autophagy Research

The Japanese cell biologist Ōsumi Yoshinori has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking discoveries of the mechanisms of autophagy, or “self-eating,” the process by which cells break down and recycle their own proteins. The 71-year-old Ōsumi, now a professor emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, received his phone call from the Nobel Committee in the even…

Nobel Laureate Amano Sees Bright Future for LEDs

Professor Amano Hiroshi, one of the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, spoke to a packed audience at the Foreign Press Center/Japan this month about the far-reaching potential of these LEDs. Amano sees a future where these devices are applied not only in lighting equipment but also in medical tools and other high-tech devices…

Physics Nobel Goes to Three Japanese Researchers

On October 7, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. Sharing the prize were three Japan-born scientists: Distinguished Professor Akasaki Isamu and Professor Amano Hiroshi of Nagoya University and Professor Nakamura Shūji of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The three won the prize “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitti…

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