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War fiction author Henmi dies at 72

Kyodo

Poet and author Jun Henmi, known for award-winning fiction and nonfiction about people affected by World War II, died after collapsing at her home in a Tokyo’s suburb, her relatives said Thursday. She was 72.

A daughter of Genyoshi Kadokawa, the founder of Tokyo-based publishing house Kadokawa Shoten Co., Henmi won a literary prize in 1984 for her 1983 novel “Otokotachi no Yamato” (“Yamato: The Last Battle”) about men involved with the Imperial Japanese Navy’s battleship Yamato, which was sunk in the closing days of World War II.

The novel was made into a film in 2005 by director Junya Sato.

Henmi also won two nonfiction literary awards for her 1989 work “Shuyojo Kara Kita Isho,” (“Farewell Notes From a Prison Camp”) about notes received more than a decade after the end of World War II by the family of a man who died during detention in Siberia.

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