Japan America Society of Chicago plans Nambu prize


The Japan America Society of Chicago plans to establish a scholarship named after Yoichiro Nambu, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 2008, to raise young people’s interest in science.

Nambu, 91, a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, is welcoming the move, saying it is “very good,” sources said. Nambu, who was born in Tokyo and is now a U.S. citizen, won the Nobel together with two Japanese scientists.

The scholarship is the brainchild of a society member who was impressed by Nambu’s personality. The society will launch the scholarship this year as a prize for an existing science competition among students in the state of Illinois.

Six Japanese firms have agreed to extend funds to the scholarship this year, the sources said.

A Nambu prize of $2,000 will be given to the winner of the science competition between high school teams from Illinois. The runnerup will get $1,500.

The society, a nonprofit organization established in 1930 to promote friendship between Japan and the United States, is thinking about how to utilize the scholarship from next year to raise interest in science among more young people.