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A professor of physics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is the recipient of this year’s annual award from the German government to a Japanese scientist, the German Embassy said Friday.

Toshiaki Shibata was awarded the Philipp Franz von Siebold Award for his exceptional academic achievements and contribution to cultural ties between Japan and Germany.

Shibata spent several years at the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, in central Germany, and at the University of Heidelberg, where he was appointed a professor.

Since 1994, he has been involved in research at the Hamburg-based German Electron Synchrotron, one of Germany’s top research establishments.

In existence for 23 years, the Siebold award is conferred by a selection committee that includes leading scientists in various fields.

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