Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers ...

Wind/Pinball

Jan 23, 2016

Wind/Pinball

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“As long as I had something to transmit,” says the narrator of these two short novels from 1979 and 1980, “my existence would be assured.” Over three decades later, his creator Haruki Murakami is transmitting all over the world, a Japanese hero of postmodern ...

Nov 30, 2015

Murakami makes surprise appearance at Fukushima literature event

Haruki Murakami, the globally renowned novelist who rarely appears in public, attended a literature event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sunday as a special guest whose appearance had been kept secret. Murakami joined a panel discussion on “How to learn imagination?” Photography was prohibited ...

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

Sep 10, 2015

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

A new essay by novelist Haruki Murakami hit bookstores across Japan on Thursday straight from the publisher under an arrangement aimed at helping businesses fight off the onslaught from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. Kinokuniya Co., a Tokyo-based bookstore operator, directly bought 90 ...

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

Aug 29, 2015

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

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Will he or won’t he? It’s about the time of year when the Japanese media descends into a frenzy of speculation about whether Haruki Murakami will land the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first Japanese literary laureate since Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. There ...

Mar 14, 2015

Thoughtful or self-promoting?

It was no surprise that when writer Haruki Murakami started a temporary ask-anything website he was swamped with so many messages that he had to suspend the site. But is the forum a vehicle for self-promotion?