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Haruki Murakami, one of Japan’s most acclaimed novelists, will host a radio special to try to lift the nation’s spirits as the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus continues.

Murakami, whose breakout novel “Norwegian Wood” debuted in 1987, will play favorite songs and welcome listener comments during a “Stay Home Special,” the name evoking a plea from Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike for residents to avoid going out.

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