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Prime Minister Receives a Courtesy Call from the Medalists of the International Science Olympiads
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi received a courtesy call from the medalists of the International Science Olympiads, which are held every summer in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and information, at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
The courtesy call was made by 16 high school students, who won the domestic qualifiers and went on to compete in their respective fields to win medals.
In their addresses, representative students spoke of their precious experiences made possible by the participation in the International Science Olympiads, such as international exchanges with students from various countries of the world.
Prime Minister Koizumi encouraged the medalists, saying, "Interest in studies, demonstrated by each one of you, is stimulating every student in Japan," and furthermore, "Prospectively, for Japan's science and technology to remain at the global top level, it is increasingly important to further promote the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and information. These efforts will also help the Japanese people enrich their lives, invigorate the economy, and cooperate internationally in various fields. I look forward to your continuous endeavors."