Japan Scientist Yoshino Receives Nobel Medal at Ceremony

Science Society Technology

Stockholm, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, 71, received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with two cowinners, at an award ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday, for their contributions in the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Yoshino, honorary fellow of Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, received the Nobel Prize medal and award certificate from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

After entering the venue, Yoshino smiled when he found his wife, Kumiko, 71, in the audience. As he received the medal and the audience gave him thunderous applause, he nodded looking satisfied.

"I feel great," Yoshino said after the ceremony. The medal "felt very heavy," he also said.

Yoshino and his wife attended the Nobel Banquet at Stockholm's City Hall later in the day. After returning to their hotel, Yoshino said, "I'm finally beginning to feel the award as real."

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