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Contemporary Japanese Writers (70)

Contemporary Japanese Writers is a three-volume series that was compiled and published by the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center (J-Lit Center) between 2007 and 2009. Intended to help bring new Japanese writers and their works to the attention of overseas audiences, each volume introduces 50 authors with brief biographical profiles and synopses of three of their most important works. The 150 featured authors—all but a few still living and actively writing—were selected from the far greater pool of available candidates based on the literary awards they had received and their extensive backlists of titles as yet unknown outside Japan. Authors already familiar to readers abroad—the Nobel laureates Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe, and the much-translated Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, for example—were intentionally excluded. The resulting lineup represents the brightest stars of contemporary Japanese literature who, though not yet widely recognized beyond our borders, appear regularly on bestseller lists and garner the greatest attention from reviewers in Japan. The volumes have been well received at book fairs around the world.

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Kumiko Kakehashi

Kumiko Kakehashi

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Kumiko Kakehashi (1961–) was born in Kumamoto Prefecture and graduated from Hokkaido University with a degree in Japanese literature. She worked as an editor before striking out on her own as a writer in 2001, producing articles for weeklies such as AERA. In 2006 she received the Ōya Sōichi Nonfiction Award for Chiru zo kanashiki: … Details

Kenji Takemoto

Kenji Takemoto

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Kenji Takemoto (1954–) published his first mystery, Hako no naka no shitsuraku (Paradise Lost in a Box), in a journal of detective stories when he was still a university student. In 1978, the story was published again as a separate volume. He has since come out with works in a range of genres including mysteries, … Details

  • Yourou Wen

    Yourou Wen

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    Yourou Wen (1980–) was born in Taipei and moved to Japan with her family when she was three. She grew up with parents who spoke a mixture of Taiwanese and Chinese in the home. In 2009 she received an honorable mention in the Subaru Newcomers’ Award for her story Kokyōkorai uta (Send-off Song), and in … Details

  • Shiori Itō

    Shiori Itō

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    Shiori Itō (1989–) is a freelance journalist who contributes news footage and documentaries to The Economist, Al Jazeera, Reuters, and other primarily non-Japanese media outlets. In 2017 she published Black Box, about her own experiences as a rape survivor. … Details