|Doctor Nguyễn Thanh Liêm. — Photo vietnamfriendship.vn|
The honour was awarded to the doctor at a ceremony in
Nikkei said Liêm performed
Having learned minimally invasive surgery from French pioneer Philippe Mouret, Liêm was determined to “bring pediatric endoscopic surgery to
In 2014, he became a pioneer in using stem cell transplants to treat serious disorders such as cerebral palsy.
The Nikkei Asia Prize in the field of business innovation was presented to Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun.
Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Indian non-profit Sulabh International, won the culture and community category.
The prize was created in 1996 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Nikkei’s Japanese language newspaper. Past winners include Manmohan Singh, who won in 1997 before becoming India’s prime minister, and Bangladeshi social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, who was honored in 2004 and went on to receive the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering the concept of microfinance. —VNS