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Two Japanese accept Nobel Prizes

Masatoshi Koshiba and Koichi Tanaka are recipients of the 2002 Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, respectively. They, alongside their families, attended the awards ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall, hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf on Tuesday. This is the first year that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has honored more than one Japanese national with a Nobel Prize in the same year. Tanaka’s award came for his novel method of analyzing life-forming proteins, a stride in the field of new medicines and early diagnosis of cancer. Koshiba’s prize came for his contribution in confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos, very tiny particles.

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