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 ...

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

/ | Jul 30, 2016

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

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When 36-year-old Sayaka Murata recently won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for literature, the media latched onto the author’s background rather than the novel itself. Murata continues to work part-time as a convenience store clerk, and gains inspiration for characters and plots from her work ...

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Aug 4, 2015

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said it will print 400,000 more copies of comedian Naoki Matayoshi’s novel “Hibana” (“Spark”), bringing the total number past the 2 million mark amid robust sales after it won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize last month. The print run is expected to ...

The messy, lonesome worlds of Risa Wataya

Mar 28, 2015

The messy, lonesome worlds of Risa Wataya

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In 2003, two young female authors won the Akutagawa Prize — arguably the most important literary prize in Japan. One winner was 21-year-old Hitomi Kanehara for her novel “Snakes and Earrings” (“Hebi ni Piasu”); the other was Risa Wataya, who was only 19 at ...

Jan 16, 2015

Ono wins Akutagawa literary award; Nishi wins Naoki Prize

Novelist Masatsugu Ono has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while the Naoki Prize for popular fiction has gone to writer Kanako Nishi, the selection committee said Thursday. Ono, a 44-year-old associate professor at Rikkyo University and a native of Oita Prefecture, ...