Novelist, LED developer awarded
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Oct 26
Novelist Saiichi Maruya, 86, and Isamu Akasaki, 82, known for his role in developing blue LED technology for commercial use, have received Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture, the government said Tuesday.
The other three recipients in fiscal 2011 are potter Toshiro Ohi, 83, political historian Taichiro Mitani, 75, and Mitsuhiro Yanagida, 70, an authority on molecular genetics, especially in the field of chromosome segregation. The government also chose 15 people as Persons of Cultural Merit for the current fiscal year, including actor Hideji Otaki, 86, novelist Otohiko Kaga, 82, and Makoto Iokibe, a 67-year-old historian and a specialist on Japan-U.S. relations during the Allied Occupation.
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