Nobelist Yoshino Eager to Issue Message on Environment

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Narita, Chiba Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese researcher Akira Yoshino, a winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, signaled his eagerness to issue a message on environmental issues, at a press conference on Thursday, held before his departure later in the day to Stockholm to attend the award ceremony.

"What I look forward to most is a Nobel lecture. In particular, I want to show to the world paths for addressing environmental issues," he told the press conference at Narita International Airport near Tokyo. "I hope my winning the prize will help young children think about what they want to be in the future."

In October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences named Yoshino, 71, an honorary fellow of major Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, and two other scientists as winners of the 2019 chemistry prize for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Yoshino and the joint winners--John B. Goodenough of University of Texas and M. Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University, State University of New York--are set to give Nobel lectures on Sunday and attend the award ceremony on Tuesday in the Swedish capital.

"I had thought that the ceremony was be a long way off. But time passed so fast, and it's now just around the corner," Yoshino's wife, Kumiko, 71, said at the press conference.

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