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Novelist Masatsugu Ono has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while the Naoki Prize for popular fiction has gone to writer Kanako Nishi, the selection committee said Thursday.

Ono, a 44-year-old associate professor at Rikkyo University and a native of Oita Prefecture, won the 152nd prize for his work “9 Nen Mae no Inori” (“A Prayer Nine Years Ago”), which depicts the sentiment of a single mother who returns to her hometown with her little son after parting from a Canadian man.

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