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Contemporary Japanese Writers

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.

Katsuhiko Takahashi*
2015/03/17 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Katsuhiko Takahashi*

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Katsuhiko Takahashi {birth_death} possessed a boyhood fascination with UFOs that is reflected in his fiction to this day. He began writing stories in high school and also pursued theatrical activities for a time, but after graduating from university took a job teaching Japanese literature and creative writing at a local junior college. With his debut novel, … Details

Jun’ichi Watanabe*
2015/03/11 Contemporary Japanese Writers

Jun’ichi Watanabe*

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Jun’ichi Watanabe (1933?2014), who was born in Hokkaidō, was a doctor of medicine. After graduating in 1958 from Sapporo Medical University, he taught there in the department of orthopedic medicine while writing fiction on the side. In 1969 he resigned from the university and moved to Tokyo to pursue a career as a writer. He … Details