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December 11, 2002

Nobel Laureates Survive English "Test"

Japanese scientists Koichi Tanaka and Masatoshi Koshiba gave commemorative speeches in English this week at Stockholm University prior to the Nobel awards ceremony held yesterday. Tanaka in particular has won many fans in Japan with his shy demeanour, dislike of the limelight and struggles with English. After his 40-minute speech, he sighed deeply at a press conference and explained, "Maybe more than 20 times I practiced for this lecture, just for this lecture." He said. "So do not think I can speak English very well. I do not want to speak English anymore."

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