Mr Shuji Nakamura of Nobel Prize fame has spoken up again. He still isn't very happy, despite all his fame and money. He makes some good points though.
Have a watch of today's YouTube(the link is here if you can't see the embedded one above).
Please do also have a look at the Nobel Prize vocab video, the original word list, and the story where I got all the words from.
Good morning, good morning. Shuji Nakamura, one of the three Japanese chaps who won
the Nobel Prize for inventing the blue LED light has come up with the statement that young
He says, in Japan cooperation, hard work, honesty - good things. Bad things - the education system. It focuses on tests and getting into large companies. The people have very little
connection with foreign cultures, and it creates ethnocentrism, which means only see Japan.
Not you people. You people are watching me, and you people are learning English off your own bat, so you people are OK. It's the Junior High School system.
So he's concerned about that and he also carries on - remember he got paid a flat rate of
￥10,000 when he invented the blue LED and the company only made so much money, and he sued them and won $US8,000,000. After that they changed it so instead of a flat fee the company would have to pay ongoing royalties - a percentage. The Japanese Business
Federation doesn't like this. They want it to go back to a flat fee. Shinzo Abe has hinted that he thinks the same. Awful idea. I agree with Nakamura that if it's a flat fee - no incentive. No
incentive to invent anything. Why put all my hard work into it if the company gets the money. I agree with Nakamura there. He's a bit of an angry man but he makes a good point. He
says, 'go abroad and see Japan from the outside.' And it's true. My wife's a different person after living oversea for a long time. I see my country different than I did before now that I'm
on the outside. I think everyone should travel overseas and learn. Learn, see the world.
Next up, 50 years. For 50 years after a Nobel Prize is awarded, the other names of the
nominees are kept secret. After 50 years they can announce it. So 50 years ago in 1964 - it has just been announced that four Japanese writers were nominated for the Nobel Prize in
Literature - Junichiro Tanazaki, Yukio Mishima, Yasunori Kawabata, and Junzaburo
Nishiwaki. So Japanese writers on the scene a long time ago.
Finally - Martin Luther King. I know that you know about Martin Luther King, and his 'I have a dream' speech because it's taught to everyone at Junior High School. At Junior High School everyone learns about it, 'I have a dream.' This story's about his Nobel Prize acceptance
speech. Martin Luther King's speaking - the language is just beautiful language. If you want
to see an example of beautiful language, have a look at his 'I have a dream' speech. You
know, out of the Junior High School textbook. The actual speech has got magnificent
OK. Thank you. That's all for today. I am going to go for an onsen today. Very nice. Up in
Thank you. Bye bye.