In the Oct. 9 front-page, wire service article “Nobel Prize shines light on sweeping impact of LEDs,” there is a table of Nobel Prize winners from Japan. In the table, the first Japanese listed as receiving the prize is Hideki Yukawa, an expert in particle physics. But it was in 1949 — not 1940.

After World War II, many Japanese people felt inferior to members of the Allied Forces. I was one year away from entering elementary school, and even a child was encouraged by Dr. Yukawa’s award. We were very proud of him.

One more tiny thing: I have wondered why the family name of Toshihide Maskawa is not transcribed as “Masukawa” ever since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2008.

masayuki aihara

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