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Nobel prize laureates, business leaders and others agreed Friday to set up a committee in January to coach junior and senior high school students for the “science Olympics.”

“In Japan, we can say an environment to cultivate talent in sports has been created. Science should be next,” said Reona Esaki, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics and is in charge of the coaching effort.

Among participants in the meeting were Masatoshi Koshiba, another physics laureate, Ryoji Noyori, a Nobel winner for chemistry, and Kenji Kosaka, minister of education.

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