On 19 October 1968, the Swedish ambassador to Japan, Mr. Karl Fredrik Almqvist, called on the writer Yasunari Kawabata at his home in Kamakura, about 50 km south-west of Tokyo, to inform him officially that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1968.
This year 12 new laureates have been awarded for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind. Their work and discoveries range from cancer therapy and laser physics to developing proteins that can solve humankind’s chemical problems. The work of the 2018 Nobel Laureates also included combating war crimes, as well as integrating innovation and climate with economic growth. Find out more.