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Japanese-born British novelist Ishiguro receives Nobel Prize in literature

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Is his name is written in kanji, or katakanized like Yoko Ono in the Japanese media.

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Is his name is written in kanji, or katakanized like Yoko Ono in the Japanese media.

Just to answer the question above, his name is written in katakana.

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Congratulations. But I am afraid his topics are over my head. Life is meant to be lived not understood according to Seneca. I agree.

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Whatever his literary merits (I am not in a position to judge), He's a genuine good guy who wants Japan to atone PROPERLY for its militaristic past, and an end to nuclear weapons proliferation and the military industrial complex running rampant in the developed world.

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Mr Ishiguro's talent and creative writing ability were developed by his university education in England.All in all, a win for the British!

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A good book is a good book. No matter where the author was born or raised.

Well done sir!

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All in all, a win for the British! yep see Britain , multi-ethnic society isn't all that bad

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The Remains of the Day should be required reading for anyone working too many hours to develop their career and giving up their own life in the hopes things will get better later.  

Excellent author and excellent choice for the Nobel Literature Prize.

A sublime writer - I love taking my time with his books - each sentence is a masterpiece.

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He has touched so many people, written stories that leave you with a resonance, country of origin is only an issue for media outlets. A great artist transcends a mediocre TV show.

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Yes, he is a great writer and has a wonderful insight into the life of the masses. However, the fact he is Japanese born is hardly the point of the article and should not be the headline. He is a British citizen.

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“the pride we feel when someone from our nation wins a Nobel Prize is different from the one we feel witnessing one of our athletes winning an Olympic medal."

A great comment, and I suspect a subtle dig at the Japanese media that often do treat the Nobel prizes and World Heritage listings as akin to Olympic medals.

Ishiguro always speaks and writes so beautifully and wisely.

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My wife's first comment was "what the hell", he grew up in England, educated in England has lived in England for 60 of his 65 years. But Japanese media claim him as their own. Thank god my wife is intelligent enough to question what the media are talking about. This takes absolutely nothing away from his achievements his work, just a comment on the media coverage. As before an Artist transcends nationally.

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i don't believe Japanese can have duel passports? so he is either Japanese or British. whatever, he won a prize as a human being with great skill.

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"We don't feel the pride of our tribe demonstrating superiority over other tribes. Rather, it's the pride that comes from knowing that one of us has made a significant contribution to our common human endeavor. The emotion aroused is a larger one, a unifying one," he said.

Well said, sir.

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Don't think he was my first choice by any means, but he's a great writer and I'd say it's well deserved. But why are people here taking credit for his win when the man is not Japanese? Yes, he is Japanese-born, but he is not a Japanese citizen. It's amusing to watch the same people claim he's Japanese turn around and snub him as "British" when you point out he wants Japan to properly apologize and atone for history.

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The way Japan collectively wets itself over a Nobel prize win is very embarrassing to witness. I remember watching the NHK 7pm news last year when a Japanese scientist won and his live press conference took up all but the last five minutes of the bulletin.

Why the childish need to compare yourself to the rest of the world anyway? All those terrible 'ranking' programmes on TV and, even worse, the ones where they get foreigners to look at things in Japan and pretend how superior they are to their own country, even when in reality they are the same or better. The ones I saw this year on the Tokyo tube and convinis/supermarkets were cringingly hilarious.

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