National Jun 10, 2014

Retired Hokkaido farmer describes rural plight in novels

by Eriko Aoyagi

Novelist Hiroshi Tamai, a 79-year-old self-described "peasant writer," is proud that he persisted with his craft through the toughest years as a cattle farmer in Betsukai, eastern Hokkaido. In the mid-1950s, the Japanese government sought young people to join a pilot project to cultivate the ...