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Akiko Itoyama on Tuesday was named the recipient of the 134th Akutagawa Prize for promising new fiction writers, while Keigo Higashino was given the 134th Naoki Prize for experienced writers of popular fiction.

Itoyama, 39, received the semiannual award on her fourth nomination. She made her literary debut in 2003, winning the Bungakukai Prize for new writers. The following year, she received the Kawabata Yasunari Prize for Literature, typically given to more seasoned writers.

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