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The Nobel Prize is an international award, administered by the Nobel Foundation, in honor of outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for peace. The first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901, in the name of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish engineer and innovator who left the majority of his vast estate to establish prizes that would celebrate eminent achievements made by outstanding persons regardless of nationality. Read more about Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Foundation here.

To this date, Japan has produced a total of 25 Nobel Laureates (including American citizens) over all five categories: 11 in Physics, seven in Chemistry, two in Literature, four in Physiology or Medicine, and one for Peace. Although the Nobel Prize recognizes the achievements of individuals, it goes without saying that many of these achievements would not have been possible without the strong academic guidance and outstanding research environments provided by the universities and research institutes to which the Laureates have been affiliated throughout their careers. The supportive environment and innovative spirit of Japan's academic institutes means that Japan has the highest number of Nobel Laureates of any Asian country, and is also one of the top ranking countries in the world.