- Title: Japanese pleasantly surprised by win in Nobel medicine prize
- Date: 3rd October 2016
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 3, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE CROSSING STREET PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 46-YEAR-OLD COMPANY WORKER, SACHIKO IKEDA, SAYING: "This is impressive! The news this morning said the (Nobel Prize) announcement would be today, and I doubted a Japanese would win for three consecutive years, so this is so wonderful!" (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 36-YEAR OLD ACTOR, TAKAHIRO MIYAMOTO, SAYING: "Whenever I hear news like this, I feel this is motivation (for Japan) to work harder especially since there has been many things happening over the past year. Winning is definitely good motivation (for our country)." PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET CARS DRIVING PAST PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET
- Embargoed: 18th October 2016 12:03
- Keywords: Japan Nobel Prize medicine Yoshinori Ohsumi
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Life Sciences,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA00152G9XZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents in Japan expressed their surprise on Monday evening (October 3) after the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a Japanese scientist for the discovery of a "self-eating" cell.
Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology for his discovery of how cells break down and recycle their content, which could lead to a better understanding of diseases like cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes.
Ohsumi's work on cell breakdown, a field known as autophagy, is important because it can help explain what goes wrong in a range of diseases.
"This is impressive! The news this morning said the (Nobel Prize) announcement would be today, and I doubted a Japanese would win for three consecutive years, so this is so wonderful!" said Sachiko Ikeda, a 46-year-old mother who was on her way home from work.
The prize for Physiology or Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year. Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel.
This year, the Karolinska Institute, the institution that awards the medicine prize, has been immersed in a scandal over the hiring of a controversial surgeon. The Swedish government dismissed several members of the board in September.
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