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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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Hiromi Tsuchida

Hiromi Tsuchida

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Hiromi Tsuchida (1939–) was born in Fukui Prefecture. His photographic work addresses the transformations undergone by Japan in series about Hiroshima, the economic boom and bubble eras, and local festivals and customs. His award-winning books include Autistic Space (1971 Taiyo Award), Hiroshima 1945–1978 (1978 Ina Nobuo Award), Hiroshima (1984 Photographic Society of Japan Award), and … Details

Hiromi Tsuchida

Hiromi Tsuchida

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Hiromi Tsuchida (1939–) was born in Fukui Prefecture. His photographic work addresses the transformations undergone by Japan in series about Hiroshima, the economic boom and bubble eras, and local festivals and customs. His award-winning books include Autistic Space (1971 Taiyo Award), Hiroshima 1945–1978 (1978 Ina Nobuo Award), Hiroshima (1984 Photographic Society of Japan Award), and … Details

  • Naoya Shiino

    Naoya Shiino

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    Naoya Shiino (1984–) was born in Hokkaido. After graduating from a university in Sapporo and joining the working world, he continued to write on the side, and a manuscript he submitted in 2014 became a finalist for the Poplar Fiction Prize for New Writers. He made his writerly debut in 2017 when a revised version … Details

  • Makura Abukawa

    Makura Abukawa

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    Makura Abukawa (1990–) was born in Miyagi Prefecture and graduated with a degree in scriptwriting from the Department of Cinema of Nihon University. He joined a game developer after graduation to work as a planner and scriptwriter, but subsequently resigned. He made his publishing debut in 2017 after winning the 2016 Poplar Fiction Prize for … Details