Every time David Karashima took a Japanese author to New York or London to do a reading, the local audiences would ask two questions: "Who's the next Haruki Murakami?" and "Why isn't there an international literary festival in Tokyo?" "Finally I thought, OK, let's make ...
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We think Bunpei Yorifuji's Wonderful Life with the Elements is just wonderful.
Tokyo Game Show sees a novel new vending machine.
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