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  • 2016/10/31 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 31, 2016, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 11 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Nowaki Fukamidori, Senjō no kokku-tachi (Armed with Skillets) ■ Yūzaburō Otokawa, Rogosu no ichi (Into the Logos) ■ Tetsuo … Details

  • 2016/10/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 11, 2016, adding synopses for 11 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, 5 children & YA titles, and 5 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Kazumasa Hayami, Shōsetsu-ō(Fiction King) ■ Jun Ikeido, Rikuō(Land King) ■ Shun Ioka, Daishō(Held Accountable) ■ Kyoichi … Details

  • 2016/09/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 27, 2016, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 20 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Hideyuki Katō, Shea (Room Sharing) Children & YA■ Nao Kōsaka, Ōdan hodō no Musshu Tomāre (The Man at … Details

  • 2016/09/20 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 20, 2016, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 14 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Maha Harada, Romanshe (Romancier) ■ Misumi Kubo, Akagami (The Red Letter Project) ■ Miyuki Miyabe, Kibō-sō (Hope Apartments) ■ Natsu … Details

  • 2016/09/15 News

    Murata and Ogiwara win Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 155th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2016. The Akutagawa went to Sayaka Murata for her novella Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman, published by Bungeishunju), while Hiroshi Ogiwara received the Naoki for his short story collection Umi no … Details

  • 2016/08/22 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 22, 2016, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 3 children & YA titles, and 5 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Kōji Fukada, Fuchi ni tatsu(Harmonium) ■ Shaw Kuzki, Hachigatsu no hikari, atokata (The Trace) Children & YA■ Jishin Itsumo … Details

  • 2016/07/26 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 26, 2016, adding synopses for 4 children & YA titles and 13 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Children & YA■ Shinsaku Fujita, Chiisana machi (The Small Town) ■ Natsuko Ichikawa, Koneko no Rette (Little Kitty Lette) ■ Reiko Katayama and Takako … Details

  • 2016/07/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 11, 2016, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 1 children & YA title, and 8 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shinji Ishii, Yowai (Age) ■ Shinobu Suga, Kakumei zen’ya (Revolution Eve) Children & YA■ Kaori Tajima, Hazukashigariya no Shirousa-chan … Details

  • 2016/06/21 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 21, 2016, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 9 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Keigo Higashino, Ningyo no nemuru ie (The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps) ■ Jun Ikeido, Shitamachi roketto 2: Gaudī keikaku … Details

  • 2016/06/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 6, 2016, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction and 4 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■Tetsuya Honda, Indekkusu (Index) ■Akari Itō, Namae mo yobenai (Unable to Speak Their Names) ■En Mikami, Enoshima Nishiura Shashinkan (The Nishiura Photo Studio in Enoshima) ■Gō … Details

  • 2016/05/16 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 16, 2016, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 3 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■Shun’ichi Dōba, Bansei no aki (An Autumn of Savage Politics) ■Seishū Hase, Hidamari no tenshi-tachi: Sourumeito II (Angels in the Sun: … Details

  • 2016/04/22 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 22, 2016, adding synopses for 8 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■Bunpei Aoyama, Tsuma o metoraba (To Take a Wife) ■Riu Kushiki, Sekai ga aka ni somaru hi ni (On the … Details

  • 2016/04/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 1, 2016, adding synopses for 5 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) With the Bologna Book Fair taking place from April 4 to 7 this year, we have reopened our annual Bologna Book Fair Corner featuring the many Japanese … Details

  • 2016/03/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 15, 2016, adding synopses for 11 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Children & YA■ Machiko Fuji and Maki Arai, Marui mono no naka ni (Inside Something Round) ■ Kōshirō Hata, Kū to Mā no oboeru ehon: Dōbutsu nāni (Kū … Details

  • 2016/03/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 1, 2016, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction and 4 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, “Japan’s best-belling fiction of 2015,” was also added to the News corner. Literature/Fiction■ Yoshikichi Furui, Kane no watari (The Temple … Details

  • 2016/02/29 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2015

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    The ten best-selling works of fiction* in Japan from November 27, 2014 through November 26, 2015 were: 1.?Hibana (Sparks) by Naoki Matayoshi (Bungeishunju, 2015) ISBN 978-4163902302This first work of fiction by a popular comedian centers on the master-disciple relationship between two comedians, and addresses such issues as the nature of humor and the artist’s life. … Details

  • 2016/02/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 15, 2016, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction and 5 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, “Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Takiguchi, Motoya, Aoyama,” was also added to the News corner. Literature/Fiction■ Hideo Furukawa, Onna-tachi … Details

  • 2016/02/12 News

    Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Takiguchi, Motoya, Aoyama

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 154th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the second half of 2015. The Akutagawa was shared by two writers: Yūshō Takiguchi for his novella Shindeinai mono (Those Who Are Not Dead, published in the December 2015 issue of Bungakukai magazine), and Yukiko … Details

  • 2016/02/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 1, 2016, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 1 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Rui Kodemari, Neko no katachi o shita kōfuku (Happiness in the Form of a Cat) ■ Naoki Matayoshi, … Details

  • 2016/01/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 15, 2016, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of other categories, and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Kaori Ekuni, Yamori, kaeru, shijimichō (Geckos, Frogs, and Butterflies) ■ Keisuke Hada, Metamorufoshisu (Metamorphosis) ■ Rui Kodemari, Sora to … Details