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Novelists all have different motivations to write. For Kotaro Isaka, an award-winning mystery writer whose books always rank high on Japan’s bestseller list, it’s the constant “fear” of something calamitous happening — whether it be a North Korean missile attack or an outbreak of an unknown flu virus — that keeps him writing.

In October last year, “Remote Control,” the English-language version of Isaka’s massively popular 2007 book “Goruden Suranba” (“Golden Slumber”), was published by Kodansha International.

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