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Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

Jan 28, 2017

Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

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A recently released English translation of a Japanese book about 321 junior high school students killed by the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima is a poignant reminder of the inescapable suffering and militaristic indoctrination of youth at the time. Ishibumi, Edited by Naomi ...

The triumphant second coming of Endo's 'Silence'

Jan 21, 2017

The triumphant second coming of Endo's 'Silence'

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Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of “Silence,” Shusaku Endo’s tale of Catholic missionaries suffering brutal repression in 17th-century Japan, has met with mixed reviews. Some have found it ponderously overlong and, for those unfamiliar with Japanese history, baffling in context. It is, in fact, not a ...

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

Jan 20, 2017

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

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The 156th Akutagawa Prize was awarded to 50-year-old author Sumito Yamashita for his book “Shinsekai (New World),” which explores his teenage experiences, the selection committee of the prestigious literary award announced Thursday. “It’s delightful,” said Yamashita during a news conference held at a Tokyo ...

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

Jan 14, 2017

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

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In June 1948, novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide. The 38-year-old, who had just completed his masterpiece, “No Longer Human,” and whose fame was peaking, jumped into Tokyo’s Tamagawa Canal with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, and drowned. With his acid wit and nihilistic vision, Dazai ...