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  • 2018/03/23 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 20, 2018, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction and 1 of nonfiction. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Natsuhiko Kyōgoku, Jorōgumo no kotowari (The Web of the Spider Woman) ■ Yukiko Mari, Shūgen-jima (Wedding Island) ■ Hisaki Matsuura, Meiyo to kōkotsu (The Honor … Details

  • 2018/02/28 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 28, 2018, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 1 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Yoshinaga Fujita, Ōyuki monogatari (The Big Snow) ■ Masato Honjō, Middonaito jānaru (Midnight Journal) ■ Kōtarō Isaka, Howaito rabitto (The White … Details

  • 2018/02/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 6, 2018, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 2 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Arimasa Ōsawa, Fukumen sakka (Nom de Plume) ■ Takeshi Shiota, Tsumi no koe (The Voice … Details

  • 2018/02/02 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2017

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    The ten best-selling works of fiction* in Japan from November 26, 2016 through November 25, 2017 were: 1. Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant Thunder) by Riku Onda (Gentosha, 2016) ISBN 978-4344030039A Grand Hotel–style novel portraying the young prodigies and virtuosos who battle it out for top honors at a fictitious international piano competition that takes … Details

  • 2018/01/29 News

    Ishii and Wakatake share Akutagawa Prize; Kadoi takes Naoki Prize

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 158th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2017. The Akutagawa was awarded to two novelists, Yuka Ishii for Hyakunen doro (Hundred-Year Mud, published in the November issue of Shinchō magazine) and Chisako Wakatake for Ora ore de hitori … Details

  • 2018/01/12 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 12, 2018, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 4 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Mikito Chinen, Okujō no terorisuto (Terrorist on the Rooftop) ■ Hitomi Kanehara, Kuraudo gāru (Cloud Girl) ■ Izumi Shiga, Mujō … Details

  • 2017/12/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 18, 2017, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction, 1 of other categories, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Nanae Aoyama, Hatchi to Mārō (Hutch & Marlow) ■ Maha Harada, Rīchi-sensei (Master Leach) ■ Tomomi, Richādo no nikki … Details

  • 2017/11/29 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 29, 2017, adding synopses for 7 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■ Areno Inoue, Tsuzurareru aijin (Lovers by Mail) ■ Yoshinobu Kadoi, Ieyasu, Edo o tateru (Ieyasu Raises a City) ■ … Details

  • 2017/11/08 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 8, 2017, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction, 1 of other categories, and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Natsuko Imamura, Hoshi no ko (Child of the Stars) ■ Ayako Miyagi, Kōetsu gāru (Proofreader Girl) ■ Yūsuke Miyauchi, … Details

  • 2017/10/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 6, 2017, adding synopses for 12 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 7 of other categories, and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Kairi Aotsuki, Chitei apāto nyūkyo-sha boshū-chū! (Underground Apartments Available Now!) ■ Mami Aoya, Shopan no … Details

  • 2017/09/25 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 25, 2017, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 14 of other categories, and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Arie Nashiya, Sunō tiāzu (Tears Like Snow) ■ Aki Satō, Suingu shinakerya imi ga nai (It Don’t Mean … Details

  • 2017/09/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 11, 2017, adding synopses for 11 titles in “other categories.” (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "An unfortunate gap: on Japanese-Russian translations of juvenile and YA books," was also added to the Column corner. Other Categories■ Japan Society of Nutrition and … Details

  • 2017/09/06 Column

    An unfortunate gap: on Japanese-Russian translations of juvenile and YA books

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    When I was studying Russian literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow, most of the people I had contact with were unaware that I was Japanese. My close friends all knew it, of course, but I made a point of not volunteering the information to other students and teachers when we first met. … Details

  • 2017/08/29 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 29, 2017, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 21 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Riku Onda, Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant Thunder) ■ Ichi Sawamura, Zūnome ningyō (Zūnome Doll) Other Categories■ Chūō … Details

  • 2017/08/08 News

    Numata, Sato garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 157th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2017. Shinsuke Numata received the Akutagawa for his novel Eiri (Back of Shadow, published by Bungeishunju), while Shogo Sato was awarded the Naoki for his novel Tsuki no michikake (Waxing and … Details

  • 2017/07/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 27, 2017, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 14 of other categories and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shūhei Fujisawa, Semishigure (Chorus of Cicadas) ■ Areno Inoue, Kekkon (Marriage) ■ Jun Itō, Tenka-bito no … Details

  • 2017/06/26 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 26, 2017, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Mikito Chinen, Yasashii shinigami no kaikata (How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death) ■ Areno Inoue, Aka e (For Red) ■ Miu … Details

  • 2017/06/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 6, 2017, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 3 works of other categories, and 7 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Sanae Hoshio, Kappan Insatsu Mikazuki-dō: Hoshi-tachi no shiori (Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks) Other Categories■ Natsuko … Details

  • 2017/05/10 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 10, 2017, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction and 7 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Due to the closure on March 31, 2017 of its previous sponsor, the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center (J-Lit Center), Books from … Details

  • 2017/03/29 News

    Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes go to Sumito Yamashita, Riku Onda

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 156th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the second half of 2016. The Akutagawa was awarded to Sumito Yamashita for his novel Shinsekai (New World, published by Shinchosha). Riku Honda garnered the Naoki for her novel Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant … Details