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Ms. Natsuko Kuroda, 75, has won the 148th Akutagawa Prize, becoming the oldest person to win the twice-a-year literary prize established in 1935. It generally is regarded as a prize for a rookie novelist.

Separately, the Naoki Prize, for entertainment-oriented works, has been awarded to 23-year-old Mr. Ryo Asai and 57-year-old Mr. Ryutaro Abe. Mr. Asai is the youngest winner of the prize.

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