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October 17, 2002

Nobel Winner Struggles With English

Koichi Tanaka (43), one of the two Japanese scientists to be awarded a Nobel Prize last week, may have a brilliant mind, but English is not his strong point. "I got a phone call in English and I could make out 'Nobel something' and 'congratulations,' but I really didn't understand," he is reported as saying. Maybe he will spend some of the 10 million yen he will be awarded for his efforts on eikaiwa lessons. Tanaka won the prize in Chemistry for his work on identifying proteins using mass spectrometry.

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