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Tuesday, 16th December 2008
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Japanese Nobel physics laureate will 'bury medal'

Toshihide Maskawa, the Japanese Nobel physics laureate, has said he intends to bury his medal in the ground.

The camera-shy scientist made his first foreign-trip to collect the award at an awards ceremony in Sweden, reports the AFP.

When asked by reporters what he would do with the medal, he replied: "Well, I'll dig a hole and bury it below."

In the 1970s, Professor Maskawa discovered that antimatter sometimes does not follow the same rules as matter.

On arrival at Osaka's Kansai International Airport, he commented: "Among scientists, there are good ones and bad ones. Not all scientists are good. What matters is how we can contribute to peace as human beings, depending upon the positions we are given."

Professor Maskawa shared his award with two other Japanese physicists, Makoto Kobayashi and Yoichiro Nambu.

Previously, the professor had refused to travel abroad for conferences because he was worried about speaking English.

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