A naming ceremony has been held in Tokyo for an atomic element discovered by Japanese researchers.
The name of element 113, "nihonium," comes from the word "Nihon," which means "Japan" in Japanese. The element was artificially created by a team at Japan's RIKEN institute 13 years ago.
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito attended the ceremony on Tuesday.
The Crown Prince said the name is proof that Japan's scientific technology is at the cutting edge of the world. He added that the progress was an inspiration to young people.
The president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Natalia Tarasova, then declared the naming of "nihonium." She added that it was the first element found in Asia.
The leader of the research team, Kyushu University professor Kosuke Morita, said the group decided on the name "nihonium" with respect for their predecessors, as well as in gratitude for the support from the Japanese people.
Japanese science ministry officials say that since the international organization officially decided on the name last November, they have received a number of applications from textbook companies to add "nihonium" to the periodic table of elements.
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