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Kikuko Tsumura won the 140th Akutagawa Prize for promising new writers of serious fiction for her work “Potos Raimu no Fune” (“The Boat of Lime Pothos”), the selection committee announced Thursday.

In addition, the 140th Naoki Prize, another prestigious literary award for seasoned writers of popular fiction, went to Arata Tendo, 48, for “Itamu Hito” (“Mourners”) and Kenichi Yamamoto, 52, for “Rikyu ni Tazuneyo” (“Ask Rikyu”).

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