Yoshino Highlights Need To Work For Environment

Yoshino highlights need to work for environment

Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, a co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, says he wants to be a vanguard in helping to resolve environmental problems.

Yoshino gave an interview to NHK on Wednesday after attending the award ceremony in Stockholm.

He said the two months have passed quickly since the award was decided, and that he thinks he was able to get his message across to the world in his commemorative lecture.

The scientist said he thinks the prize he received is supported by the efforts of many people who were involved in disseminating lithium-ion batteries. He noted that by receiving the award he felt a great responsibility, including around solving environmental problems.

Yoshino went on to say as a Nobel Prize winner, his words will be heard by more people. The 71-year-old said young people can play an active role in solving environmental problems, and that he wants to serve as a vanguard for those people.

He plans to return to Japan on Sunday.