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A Nobel Effort

Tsuyoiko

DON'T PANIC!
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Actually, Japanese scientists have won the Nobel prize for some pretty interesting stuff.

Hideki Yukawa, Physics, 1949: discovered the meson, which explains the interaction between protons and neutrons.

Kenichi Fukui, Chemistry, 1981: discovered the role of electron orbitals in chemical reactions, one of the few things I remember from studying Chemistry at college 😊

Susumu Tonegawa, Medicine, 1987: discovered how antibodies achieve the diversity needed to combat such a variety of diseases.

Hideki Shirakawa, Chemistry, 2000: for his work on conductive polymers, which could have some pretty cool practical applications.

Koichi Tanaka, Chemistry, 2002: discovered a new method of spectrometric analysis, but the interesting bit is that he's the only scientist without a higher degree to win the Nobel prize.
 

Dogen Z

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Physics

And 6 Japanese have won Nobel awards for physics since the end of WWII.
So the despite the criticism, the education system must be doing something right. :)
 
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