Yamanaka Shinya has won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his development induced pluripotent stem cells (E). The news media is one big physiology fest, with an increasingly exhaused Yamanaka appearing on live feeds and answering idiot announcer questions on every network.
Not bad for a guy whose father, the owner of a small sewing machines parts manufacturer, told his eldest son, "If you do not take over the family business, fine. If you do take over the family business it would terrible" and whose collegues in orthopedics referred to him as "Jamanaka" ("So useless he is just in the way"-naka) because of his total incompetence as a surgeon, working so slowly patients would come out of anesthesia mid-operation.
The only negative is that Yamanaka should have receive the prize two years ago, or at least last year -- his discovery being the Holy Grail of cell development.
Now all the news media is salivating at the thought that Murakami Haruki might pick up the prize for Literature. That Murakami's public appearances over the last two years could be construed as campaigning for the Nobel is probably detrimental to his chances.
As for the right wing in this blessed land, it is chortling, as it usually does: "Nobel Prizes. Japan, 19. PRC, not in prison or in exile for political reasons, 0."
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