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 ...

Award-winning novelist Akiyuki Nosaka dies at 85

Books Dec 10, 2015

Award-winning novelist Akiyuki Nosaka dies at 85

Novelist and former Upper House lawmaker Akiyuki Nosaka, best known for his award-winning "Grave of the Fireflies," died Wednesday at a hospital in Tokyo due to heart failure, police sources said Thursday. He was 85. Nosaka had been undergoing rehabilitation after a stroke in 2003. After ...

National Jan 16, 2015

Ono wins Akutagawa literary award; Nishi wins Naoki Prize

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 ...

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

National Sep 16, 2014

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Lyricist Yoko Yamaguchi, who also won a prestigious Japanese literary award in 1985, died Sept. 6 of respiratory failure, an official close to her said. She was 77. Yamaguchi, originally from Nagoya, opened a high-class bar in Tokyo's Ginza district and started writing lyrics while ...

Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

National Jul 17, 2014

Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

Novelist Tomoka Shibasaki has won the Akutagawa award for up-and-coming authors of pure literature and Hiroyuki Kurokawa will receive the renowned Naoki Prize for popular fiction, the selection committee said Thursday. Shibasaki, a 40-year-old native of Osaka, won the 151st Akutagawa prize for "Haru No ...