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While the Nobel Peace Prize last year went to India and Pakistan not for ending their rivalry but providing room for child’s right to education and advocating their rights. This year, the shift may be on farther asia to Japan, the first country to suffer the nuclear bombings in history.
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.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be given away on December 10, 2015 at Oslo. Since 1994 the Nobel Peace Prize Concert has been a grand event with the laureate or laureates, members of the Royal Family and parliamentarians attending it with thousands from the public present for the event.
Legendaries such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Alanis Morisette, Sting and Sir Paul McCartney made their contribution to the peace cause at no fee. The concert also includes impressive classical elements. In 2000, the singer Sumi Jo from South Corea and Bryn Terfel from Britain enthralled the audience.