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Ishiguro “Very Touched” by Japanese Reaction to Nobel Win (News)

London, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, said Wednesday he has been happy to know that people in Japan congratulated him on getting the honor.

Kazuo Ishiguro talks to the press in Stockholm on December 6, 2017, a few days before the Nobel Prize award ceremony. (© Jiji)

“I’ve been very touched…by the emotion with which people in Japan seem to have received this news,” he said at a press conference in Stockholm. “I hope the Japanese people can feel proud of this victory, just as people in Britain feel proud of this victory.”

Ishiguro said that the Nobel prize “symbolizes something that people all around the world wish for, which is that human beings strive together, not in competition,” and “try and actually improve our civilization.” An award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday in Stockholm.

Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki, said that his mother suffered in the US atomic bomb attack on the city on August 9, 1945, in the closing days of World War II.

“So in a way, I’ve grown up under the shadow of” the atomic bombing, he added.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

  • [2017.12.07]
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