Two women named for Japan's Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards

Books Jul 17, 2019

Two women named for Japan's Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards

Two novelists were selected Wednesday to receive the prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works, one of which depicts stalker-like behavior by a woman and the other tells the tale of a traditional Japanese puppet playwright. Natsuko Imamura won the Akutagawa Prize for ...

Three novelists picked for Japan's Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards

National Jan 17, 2019

Three novelists picked for Japan's Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards

Three novelists were selected Wednesday to receive the country's prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works that covered a range of contemporary and historical topics. Takahiro Ueda and Ryohei Machiya won the Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while Junjo Shindo won the Naoki ...

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

Books Jan 20, 2017

Sumito Yamashita claims 156th Akutagawa Prize

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The 156th Akutagawa Prize was awarded to 50-year-old author Sumito Yamashita for his book "Shinsekai (New World)," which explores his teenage experiences, the selection committee of the prestigious literary award announced Thursday. "It's delightful," said Yamashita during a news conference held at a Tokyo hotel ...

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 30, 2016

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

by Philip Brasor

When 36-year-old Sayaka Murata recently won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for literature, the media latched onto the author's background rather than the novel itself. Murata continues to work part-time as a convenience store clerk, and gains inspiration for characters and plots from her work ...