3 Japanese has received awards in Nobel 2008 in Physics for their discovery of broken symmetry in subatomic physics. Or simply to say that they have discovered that there are a smaller unit of atom besides those that we can see in textbook. Lol.
Just in case you guys might wanna to know who are they.
1. Yoichiro Nambu of Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, USA
2. Makoto Kobayashi of High Energy Accelerator Reseach Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan.
3. Toshihide Maskawa of Kyoto Sangyo University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Japan.
On top of that, Osamu Shimomura of Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Boston University Medical School, USA has also been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein.
The last time Japan was awarded a Nobel Prize was 6 years ago and as told from my Japanese teacher, there are lesser and lesser youngsters who are taking up interest in Science. Not only that, Japan are focusing more on economical research and research funds are not provided adequately for the Science sectors.
I mean hey, these guys up there had provided new technology which can be used widely in medical fields in the future. And my own opinion was that they should really focus more on medical since they are facing a serious aging population problem. Right ?