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Japan Nobel laureate gets washing machine as gift

/ 08:44 PM October 20, 2012

Nobel prize laureate in medicine Shinya Yamanaka of Japan, 50, speaks to reporters during a press conference at Kyoto University, in Kyoto, western Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP

TOKYO — Japanese ministers are pooling together money to help purchase a washing machine for Shinya Yamanaka, who was recently awarded the $1.2 million Nobel prize along with a British researcher.

Yamanaka joked that he was fixing a rumbling washing machine when he received a call from Oslo saying that he and Britain’s John Gurdon were jointly honoured with the prize for their discovery in stem cell research.

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On Friday, 16 ministers from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet promised to chip in 10,000 yen ($126) each to help the 50-year-old physician buy a new washing machine, reports said.

The move is being seen by some media as a publicity stunt to impress voters as unpopular Noda is seen likely to call a snap general election in the coming months in response to growing demands from opposition parties.

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