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Members of the Japanese chapter of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders, were delighted to hear Friday that MSF had been awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
"This is most encouraging news for us," an MSF Japan official said.
Seven years ago, MSF Japan was launched with only one doctor. The organization now has 148 doctors and nurses.
Doctors Without Borders volunteers have worked in more than 80 countries and won a reputation for providing medical services to victims of violent conflict and disaster.
MSF Japan members received word of the award from a news reporter at 6 p.m. Friday while preparing a …