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Japanese physicists win Nobel prize

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This year’s Nobel prize for physics has gone to three scientists from Japan for their work on sub-atomic physics.

The announcement of the second of the annual awards was made by the Nobel committee in Sweden. The winners are Yoichiro Nambu, a Tokyo-born US citizen, Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa.

The committee recognised Nambu for his discovery of the mechanism of “spontaneous broken symmetry in sub-atomic physics”. Kobayashi and Maskawa, were lauded for work that predicted the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature.