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Jun Ikeido

Jun Ikeido 池井戸潤

Jun Ikeido (1963–)  worked at a major bank for seven years before striking out on his own as a management consultant and trying his hand at fiction on the side. His publishing career began in 1998, when he won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for his novel-length story of upheavals at a bank, Hatsuru soko naki (No Bottom). He quickly established himself as a writer of genre fiction, especially mystery and suspense. In 2006 he brought the same techniques to the business novel with Sora tobu taiya (Flying Tires), centering on an automaker’s denial of a recall; the work garnered him his first nomination for the Naoki Prize and a new identity as a writer of corporate fiction. In 2010, his novel of bid-rigging in the construction industry, Tetsu no hone (Bones of Steel), won him the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers as well as a second nomination for the Naoki. He finally took home the Naoki for Shitamachi roketto (Downtown Rocket) in 2011; the work sold over 1.4 million copies and was adapted to television. In addition to writing novels, Ikeido serves as an outside director on the board of a parts manufacturer, and he has said that the germ of this story came from there. In 2015 Ikeido published the sequel Shitamachi roketto 2: Gaudī keikaku (Downtown Rocket 2: The Gaudi Project), which also became a bestseller and television series. His other prominent works include the 2010 political fantasy?Tami ō (Citizen King), in which the prime minister and his good-for-nothing son suddenly discover they have switched bodies, and the 2012 novel of internecine strife at a mid-sized appliance maker, Nanatsu no kaigi (Seven Meetings).

Books by Jun Ikeido
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    Downtown Rocket

    Kohei Tsukuda heads Tsukuda Manufacturing, a developer of small engines in a corner of Tokyo. Although once a researcher of hydrogen rocket engines at the nationally sponsored Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, he had resigned over a failed billion-plus- …

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    Bones of Steel

    In this novel about the corrupt practice of bid-rigging deeply rooted in the Japanese construction industry, Heita Tomishima has been at the Ichimatsu Corporation, a mid-sized builder, for nearly four years. So far he has worked mainly as an on-site super …

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    Flying Tires

    A wheel flies off of a moving tractor-trailer and hits a passing mother and child. The young mother dies. The manufacturer of the truck claims in its report that the fault lies with the trucking company for "inadequate maintenance," but the president of t …

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    We Bubble-Economy Hires

    This is the first volume in a popular series of business novels centering on bank officer Hanzawa, who lives by the credo of giving double the payback any time he's been shafted. Having landed a job at a major bank during the high times of the bubble eco …

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    A Roosevelt Game

    Aoshima Industries is a mid-level manufacturer that produces sensors for cameras. The company baseball team, once a powerhouse, has been struggling of late: archrival Mitsuwa Electric has lured away its manager as well as two of its best players. The new …

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    We Bubble-Economy Wonders

    This is the second volume in the author's series featuring bank officer Naoki Hanzawa and cohorts who joined the bank during the high-flying bubble-economy years. Hanzawa subscribes to the view that people are fundamentally good, but also believes in …

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    The Lost Generation Strikes Back

    This is the third work in the author's bubble-generation series featuring bank officer Naoki Hanzawa, who believes in giving double the payback if anybody does him wrong. As a result of one such sweet revenge, Hanzawa gets farmed out to Tokyo Central Secu …

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    The Seven Conferences

    Well-liked and trusted by all in his department at Tokyo Kenden, a mid-sized manufacturer, sales manager Sakado is accused of power harassment by Yasumi?an older colleague with a reputation for being a slacker and forever stuck at the rank of assistant ma …

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    Shylock's Children

    The large, central-Tokyo branches of major banks make big-ticket loans to the country’s blue-chip businesses, thereby playing a distinct role in steering the Japanese economy as a whole, but employees at suburban branches of the same banks, surrounded b …

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    The People's Sovereign

    One day, Japanese Prime Minister Taizan Muto and his son Sho are flabbergasted to discover that they have switched bodies. In the interest of national security, the switch must be kept secret, which means Sho must now perform as prime minister. Assisting …

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    BT '63

    The story tells of 34-year-old Takuma Omagi’s journey back from a midlife crisis in which he suffered a mental breakdown due to overwork, lost his position in society, and was abandoned by his wife. While Takuma is convalescing at home, he discovers a k …

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    Misconduct

    In this gloriously fun series of linked stories, Ken Soma and his assistant Mai Hanasaki, who work at Tokyo Daiichi Bank headquarters, expose indiscretions and misconduct at the various branches to which they are dispatched, and stand their ethical g …

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    Welcome to Our Home

    On his way to work one day, while waiting for the train, Taichi Kurata cautions a man who tries to push his way into line. That same day, members of the Kurata family fall victim to odd forms of harassment: their flower beds are despoiled, a dying cat is …

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    Teito Bank Special Assignment Team

    An author known for financial industry novels set in mega-banks, Jun Ikeido here treats readers to a collection of linked short stories in that signature vein. Shuhei Ibusuki is in charge of special assignments in the Administrative Department of Teito Ba …

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    Stock Price Collapse

    Hiroshi Bando works in the Underwriting Department at the head office of Hakusui Bank in Tokyo, where he handles major corporations and affiliates that are experiencing profitability issues, among them the mega-supermarket chain Ippudo. One day a bombing …

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    Silver-Winged Icarus

    This is the fourth volume in the author’s series recounting the exploits of bank officer Naoki Hanzawa as he grapples with mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, and a variety of other thorny financial problems his company faces. Placing principle abov …

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    Downtown Rocket 2: The Gaudi Project

    This is a sequel to Jun Ikeido’s Naoki Prize-winning business novel Shitamachi roketto (Downtown Rocket), centering on a small precision machinery manufacturing company run by Kōhei Tsukuda in the old merchant-class district of Tokyo. In this installme …

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    Land King

    Kohaze-ya is a long-established maker of tabi socks in the city of Gyōda, a northern suburb of Tokyo. Suitable for wearing with zori, geta, and other thonged footwear used with traditional Japanese clothing, tabi?are split between the big toe and other t …

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