Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka is eager to use more domestic devices and other products, especially when he has to use them for his research in regenerative medicine and stem cells. Apparently he had a word with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, asking them to encourage the domestic development of such items. It seems that he has to source much of his products from the United States and other countries, thus leaving him frustrated.
Yamanaka met with METI chief Yukio Edano and elaborated that as the professor at the Kyoto University, he found it important use Japanese items for implementing research smoothly. He recounted incidents where the supply of a reagent ceased because a foreign venture company providing the product had failed. METI is providing financial assistance to the research undertaken by members of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at the university.
This probably why gifting Shinya Yamanaka a new washing machine is quite appropriate. Yamanaka is often found joking that he was fixing his washing machine when heard the news of his Nobel Prize win. Naturally the ensuing events have given him no time to finish the repairs. Japan’s science minister, Makiko Tanaka presented Yamanaka a gift certificate signed by 16 of her colleagues; each of them have pooled in 10,000 yen ($126) for a brand new washing machine!
[Via The Republic]