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Japanese nobel winner gets washing machine

Japanese ministers are pooling together money to help purchase a washing machine for Shinya Yamanaka, who was recently awarded the $1.2 million Nobel prize along with a British researcher.

world Updated: Oct 20, 2012 22:56 IST

Japanese ministers are pooling together money to help purchase a washing machine for Shinya Yamanaka, who was recently awarded the $1.2 million Nobel prize along with a British researcher.

Yamanaka joked that he was fixing a rumbling washing machine when he received a call from Oslo saying that he and Britain’s John Gurdon were jointly honoured for their discovery in stem cell research.

On Friday, 16 ministers from PM Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet promised to chip in 10,000 yen ($126) each to help him buy a new washing machine, reports said.