Monday, October 1, 2018
Science and Technology


This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on October 1st to Dr. Tasuku Honjo, Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor of Kyoto University Institute of Advanced Study (KUIAS).

Dr. Honjo was recognized for his research in the field of immunology and cancer treatment, for his discovery of an element that inhibits people’s immune functions towards cancer, and developing new drugs for cancer treatment.

Minister Hayashi congratulated Dr. Honjo by phone, saying he hopes Dr. Honjo’s work will gain momentum to create cancer treatments that will save millions of lives.

After the call, Minister Hayashi told the press he is delighted that a Japanese has won an award this year since no one was awarded last year amid high expectations.
Hayashi spoke of his special relationship with Dr. Honjo, mentioning he received much advice from the scholar for having attended the same high school in his hometown in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Hayashi said he is very happy to be able to speak to Dr. Honjo as a Minister congratulating a Nobel laureate.


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Minister Hayashi congratulating Dr. Tasuku Honjo after the announcement of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine



Dr. Tasuku Honjo
2018 Winner of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor of Kyoto University Institute of Advanced Study (KUIAS).