As the Japanese contribution to scientific research continues Japanese scientists shared the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. Our participation in 2008 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS), as delegates of Japan, has had a profound impact on our vision towards the future.

In physics, the laureates emphasized the "unique contributions" made by other domestic researchers. The densely interconnected Japan of the early post-war years was different from the globalized nation of the present. The laureates also emphasized the importance of remaining confident and loyal to one one's theory. On the other hand, in medicine, the alternative approaches distinguished the laureates from their competitors. In their competitive research field, they were collaborating with other researchers abroad while at the same time competing with others domestically. In chemistry, the laureates refined their values as pioneers. Their discoveries opened new horizons in contemporary bioscience, establishing a powerful tool for researchers.

Although their vision of science may differ, all the laureates defined the meaning of a pioneers. To keep an open vision going beyond one one's own research-and to continually challenge one one's own theoretical model with confidence and loyalty-builds the foundations of a pioneer in scientific research. Furthermore, the scientific environment is a significant factor for research. We were advised to search for enthusiastic and supportive mentors, colleagues and collaborators.

We express our sincere gratitude to The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan for providing us with the opportunity to participate in the 2008 SIYSS. This valuable experience offered an inspiration going beyond the Nobel Prize, which we hope to exploit for our future as prospective researchers, making this honorable occasion not just a once in a lifetime event.

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