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(From South China Morning Post)
Byline: TOKYO Mutsuko Murakami
Eight years ago, I tried to interview a researcher at a small firm in Shikoku, an island west of Osaka. But Nichia Chemical Industries' spokesman flatly refused my request, saying: "Oh, he is just one of our many researchers and is in no way worth interviewing." His contemptuous tone lingered in my mind for a long time, because the researcher's accomplishment was in fact very worthy of media attention.
In 1993, Shuji Nakamura developed the blue laser diode (or blue light-emitting diode - LED), a feat that many global experts believed was unattainable in the 20th century. The device …