Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

Jul 17, 2014

Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

Novelist Tomoka Shibasaki has won the Akutagawa award for up-and-coming authors of pure literature and Hiroyuki Kurokawa will receive the renowned Naoki Prize for popular fiction, the selection committee said Thursday. Shibasaki, a 40-year-old native of Osaka, won the 151st Akutagawa prize for “Haru ...

Fujino wins Akutagawa award; Sakuragi gets Naoki prize

Jul 17, 2013

Fujino wins Akutagawa award; Sakuragi gets Naoki prize

The selection committees for two prestigious awards for Japanese literature selected Kaori Fujino as winner of the Akutagawa award and Shino Sakuragi as laureate of the Naoki prize on Wednesday. Fujino, 33, won the 149th award for her work “Tsume to Me” (“Nails and ...

Top literature awards split by oldest, youngest novelists

Jan 18, 2013

Top literature awards split by oldest, youngest novelists

Japan’s top literature awards spanned the extremes of age this year by awarding 75-year-old Natsuko Kuroda the Akutagawa Prize for “ab Sango,” and 23-year-old Ryo Asai the Naoki Prize for “Nanimono,” along with Ryutaro Abe’s “Tohaku.” Kuroda is the oldest person to win the ...