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Two women became the youngest winners Thursday of the Akutagawa Prize, one of Japan’s top literary awards, while two other writers shared the Naoki Prize.

In announcing who had claimed Japan’s two most prestigious literary accolades, organizers handed the 130th Akutagawa Prize to Risa Wataya, 19, and Hitomi Kanehara, 20, whose works have captured the hearts of young readers.

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