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When I heard the news that Akira Yoshino had won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for this year, I shed tears as if I was awarded the prize. He is five years younger than me and we were impressed with his smile and tender character.

I grew up under the U.S. Occupation and I believed that everything Japanese was inferior to that country: America was richer, bigger in area and, especially, Americans were more intelligent than us Japanese because they won more Nobel Prizes.

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