Nobel Laureate Yamanaka May Join Advisory Panel on New Era Name

Politics Society

Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering appointing Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka as a member of an expert panel from which it will hear opinions when deciding the country's new era name, or "gengo," on April 1, it was learned Tuesday.

Yamanaka, professor at Kyoto University, is the inventor of induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Other likely candidates for joining the panel include two women--award-winning novelist Mariko Hayashi and Chiba University of Commerce Prof. Midori Miyazaki, according to informed sources.

After confirming the candidates' intentions to join the panel, the government plans to decide the members by holding a related meeting later this month.

Heisei, the current era, started in 1989 and is set to end when Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30.

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