Hiroshi Amano
Nagoya University students from Professor Hiroshi Amano's laboratory give three cheers with a life-size cardboard cutout of Amano after learning he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Photo: AP Photo/Kyodo News.

Nobel Week attracts hordes of Japanese journos

Around 100 Japanese reporters and photographers are descending on Stockholm to cover Nobel Week, which kicks off today.

The week-long event, ending December 12th, does not normally attract as many Japanese reporters, but this year local media have taken great interest since there are three Japanese laureates, namely the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics: Shuji Nakamura, Hiroshi Amano and Isamu Akasaki.

The three Japanese men have been awarded the prize for inventing the LED lamp. While Nakamura is a US citizen, he is still regarded as a Japanese in Japan since he was born and raised there, Isao Takahashi, a reporter for Japanese news agency Kyodo told Swedish news agency TT.

All laureates will receive their Nobel prizes in Stockholm from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

“Japan is probably the country that most appreciates the Nobel Prize,” Takahashi said. “It is the most famous prize and the most prestigious one. The fact that the Swedish king hands it out makes it even more significant,” Takahashi added.

According to the Nobel Foundation, at least 100 accredited Japanese journalists are coming to Stockholm this week. The country's major media networks and publications will be represented, among them newspapers Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuru Shimbun, which have daily editions of eight and 10 million, respectively.

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