• Kyodo, Staff report

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Taiwan-born novelist Li Kotomi won the Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors on Wednesday, becoming only the second non-native Japanese speaker to win the prestigious literary award, the prize’s organizers said.

The 31-year-old Li was honored for her novel “Higanbana ga Saku Shima” (“An Island Where Red Spider Lilies Bloom”), which tells the story of a young girl who travels to a fictitious isolated island with a female-dominated society and who struggles with gender equality issues.

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