December 10, 2014
Venue: Sweden Stockholm
This past December, JST President Nakamura was invited to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet in Stockholm as Dr. Isamu AKASAKI, Dr. Hiroshi AMANO and Dr. Shuji NAKAMURA received the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics.
The Nobel Laureates received the Nobel Prize medal and diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall, which is in the central part of Stockholm. Afterwards, the Nobel laureates moved to City Hall where the banquet was held.
The following day, President Nakamura met with Dr. AKASAKI and extended his congratulations. In addition, President Nakamura deepened his friendship with Dr. AMANO and Dr. NAKAMURA at the luncheon party hosted by MEXT.
During Nobel Week, which is the week leading up to the ceremony, various events and lectures related to the Nobel Prize are held. This year's Nobel Week Dialogue, which was an open symposium, focused on the theme, "The Age to Come." Past Nobel Laureates and world leading scientists introduced new perspectives on the challenges of ageing and had a lively discussion with the audience. In Sweden, the ceremony was broadcasted live and the banquet was organized with the support of student volunteers. We felt a renewed feeling that people demonstrated a high level of interest in the Nobel Prize.