Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

Aug 29, 2015

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

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Will he or won’t he? It’s about the time of year when the Japanese media descends into a frenzy of speculation about whether Haruki Murakami will land the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first Japanese literary laureate since Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. There ...

Economist Masahiko Aoki dies at 77

Jul 17, 2015

Economist Masahiko Aoki dies at 77

Masahiko Aoki, a professor emeritus at Stanford University who had been touted as a prime candidate for the Nobel Prize for economics, died from a lung disorder at a hospital in Palo Alto, California, on Wednesday, the university said. He was 77. From Nagoya, ...

Apr 23, 2015

Nobel laureate Nakamura's lighting company opens office in Yokohama

Nobel loreate Shuji Nakamura said Thursday his U.S.-based company Soraa Inc. has opened an office in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, to market high-quality light-emitting diode lamps in Japan. “Japan boasts the world’s widest diffusion of LED lamps,” said Nakamura, one of three Japan-born scientists ...

Feb 20, 2015

Nobel literature jury threatens to give leaked nominees the boot

Leaking names of writers shortlisted for the Nobel literature prize may lead to their disqualification from the prestigious award, the head of the prize jury warned Thursday. “There are nominators who like trumpeting in public which person they nominated,” Peter Englund, who is also ...