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Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro honored by the prefecture and city of his birth

JIJI

Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, 63, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, was named an honorary citizen by the Nagasaki prefectural and city governments in a ceremony in London on Tuesday.

Hodo Nakamura, the governor of the prefecture, and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue were on hand to present Ishiguro, who was born in the city, with certificates of citizenship.

Upon receiving a medal and a golden cup, as well as the certificates, Ishiguro said, “I thank you for all from the bottom of my heart.”

“Nagasaki and its citizens have kept alive throughout the years the memories of what happened in August 1945 … with a deep longing that such events never occur again anywhere on this planet,” he said.

The city of Nagasaki was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, in the closing days of World War II.

Noting that the globe is now “an uncertain place,” Ishiguro said, “Nagasaki must continue to have a special responsibility to warn the world of the great danger” that continues to “threaten us all.”