Nobel laureate Honjo leaves for award ceremony

Jiji PressOSAKA (Jiji Press) — Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, on Wednesday left for Stockholm to attend the award ceremony.

Speaking at a press conference before his departure from Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, Honjo, 76, said, “I’m very looking forward to what I can do” in the Swedish capital.

“I worry about the cold weather, but I hope to take it easy,” said Honjo, professor at Kyoto University.

Honjo said the speech he is scheduled to deliver in Stockholm will cover a wide range of topics, such as what led him to conduct the research that won the prize as well as its development and future outlook.

Honjo shared the prize with U.S. scientist James Allison, which recognized their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

According to Kyoto University, Honjo’s wife, Shigeko, 76, and officials of the university are accompanying him. The award ceremony is slated for Monday local time.

As well as the award ceremony and the speech, a press conference and a banquet are scheduled during his trip to Sweden.Speech

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