Scientist Tasuku Honjo Becomes 26th Japanese Nobel Laureate

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Stockholm, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, 76, and U.S. researcher James Allison, 70, jointly received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine at an award ceremony in Stockholm on Monday, for their achievements that paved the way for cancer immunotherapy.

Honjo became the 26th Japanese Nobel laureate. The previous Japanese winner was Tokyo Institute of Technology Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi, 73, who was awarded the same prize in 2016.

Honjo, professor at Kyoto University, attended the award ceremony in traditional Japanese dress for the first time since Yasunari Kawabata did so when he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968.

After the reason for the 2018 medicine prize was introduced, Honjo, with a nervous look on his face, received the Nobel Medal from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

"I'm very pleased, honestly," Honjo told reporters after the ceremony.

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