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2015 Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Japan?

In an unprecedented bonanza to Japan, more Nobel Prizes in history would have been given to one country in a year with the Nobel Peace Prize slated to be given to Hiroshima bomb survivors and peace advocates from the country that suffered the worst Nuclear bombing in history.

While the Nobel Literature for 2015 went to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, the Nobel Peace Prize will be taking its head off the West to look elsewhere for this year’s Peace Prize.

While India and Pakistan were given the honour last year with child activist Mallala and children welfare advocate Satyarthi getting the award, this year could be Japan’s turn for never in the history was Japan recognised for its peace efforts despite a peace constitution.

Apart from survivors of nuclear bombing, the pope, the German chancellor and a Congolese doctor were also in the race for the top prize to be announced in few years.

Many people have apparently voted for Japan for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The five-member committee that was set to unveil the winner of the Peace Prize will disclose the names today at Oslo. The Nobel Peace Prize is the only one of six awards to be presented in Oslo and the one which traditionally hits news headlines more than any other prize.

This year, 273 candidates were recommended from different corners of the world, almost same as last year’s record 278. While resolving the global refugee problem was behind many recommendations, the standoff of Europe may come in the way. The next best recourse would be the ever-green nuclear peace efforts.

The Nobeliana, a website run by historians who specialise in the Nobel, was behind the recommendation of two elderly Japanese survivors of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as favourites alongside ICAN, which was in the final list last year too.

Defending its decision to name 83-year-old Setsuko Thurlow and 86-year-old Sumiteru Taniguchi as the frontrunners, the website said:”Once again the world must be reminded of the fatal consequences of atomic weapons.”

However, many bookmakers are backing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her contextual role in facing the worst migration crisis since World War II by Europe but an award to another European now may dampen the spirit behind the Nobel Peace Prize as the crisis is still unresolved.

The other serious contender could be the UN refugee agency, (UNHCR) which has already won the award twice in 1954 and 1981. Third time may not be that easy.

The final winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced at 11:00 am local time (0900 GMT) by Kaci Kullmann Five, the newly appointed chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Otherwise, it may go to Iran and the US for the historic deal to curb further nuclear options by Iran. If so, Iranian leadership will stand to gain from it this year. Both US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif may be named in it.


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