The honour goes to Kosuke Morita of Riken Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

During a press conference in Wako, Saitama prefecture, near Tokyo on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. A team of Japanese scientists have met the criteria for naming a new element, more known as the synthetic highly radioactive “element 113”.

The said element (Element 113) sits between copernicium and flerovium on the periodic table. The team used a linear accelerator and ion separator to search for the new synthetic elements which ultimately resulted to the discovery of the element 113 in 2004, which gives premise to the Japanese scientists who deserve the right to name this element and include it in the periodic table of elements.