＜Comment from Kyushu University President Chiharu Kubo＞
As a member of Kyushu University, I would like to say how tremendously honored we are that the name and symbol for element 113 have been approved as nihonium (Nh), in accordance with the proposal by Professor Kosuke Morita’s research team. Furthermore, on behalf of Kyushu University, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Morita.
The periodic table of the elements is used worldwide and I am sure that the addition of nihonium – a word derived from the Japanese language – to one corner of the table will prove to be a profoundly significant development that will boost the motivation of the students and young researchers who will lead Japan into the future. We at Kyushu University have been greatly heartened by this remarkable accomplishment by one of our own professors. As such, we intend to continue to spare no effort in our endeavors to advance science and technology in Japan, as a university that is always facing up to future challenges.