News & Updates

  • 2013/04/03 Column

    "Light" love stories all the rage

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    As with other discretionary pleasures like alcohol and tobacco–though I suspect many book lovers will object to such a comparison–the hottest selling titles in fiction appear to indicate a strong preference for "lite" in reading matter as well. So-called "light novels," a distinctively Japanese category of fiction targeted primarily at teens that rose to prominence … Details

  • 2013/04/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 1, 2013, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 2 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Two new articles, "Fuminori Nakamura's 'The Thief' chosen as finalist for Los Angeles … Details

  • 2013/03/28 News

    Spring 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

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    The Spring 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/03/22 News

    Fuminori Nakamura's "The Thief" chosen as finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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    The novel Suri by Akutagawa Prize-winning author Fuminori Nakamura, translated into English as The Thief, has been named a finalist for a book prize administered by the Los Angeles Times. Suri was first published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in October 2009, and the following year received the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. Prize sponsor Kodansha arranged for the … Details

  • 2013/03/22 Column

    Toshihiko Yahagi's alternative goodbye

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    The last time I met Toshihiko Yahagi for drinks at his regular "mess hall" in Akasaka, we faced off over a quibbling but telling remark. I paraphrased Joyce's famous remark "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake" by way of saying I thought that deep down people do not actually like, … Details

  • 2013/03/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 15, 2013, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction and 43 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, which takes place in … Details

  • 2013/03/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 1, 2013, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 9 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Jun Ikeido, Ore-tachi baburu nyuko-gumi (We Bubble-Economy Hires)■ Jun Ikeido, Ruzuveruto gemu … Details

  • 2013/02/13 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 13, 2013, adding synopses for 28 works of fiction. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Japan's best-selling fiction of 2012," was also added to the News corner. Literature/Fiction■ Ko Amemura, Nenmaku tokage (Slime Lizards)■ Jiro … Details

  • 2013/02/07 News

    Japan's best-selling fiction of 2012

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    The top-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 2011 through November 2012 were: 1. Fune o amu (The Great Passage)by Shion Miura (Kobunsha, 2011) ISBN 978-4334927769http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/publications/item/767-the-great-passageThe life and loves of a publishing-house editor who spends many long years compiling a dictionary of Japanese that runs to nearly 3,000 pages. Winner of the 2012 Booksellers Award. 2. … Details

  • 2013/02/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 1, 2013, adding synopses for 12 works of fiction, 6 of nonfiction, and 10 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Hiroshi Sakurazaka work to become Hollywood movie: a Japanese light … Details

  • 2013/01/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 15, 2013, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 4 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "A flowering of police novels," was also added to the … Details

  • 2013/01/10 News

    Hiroshi Sakurazaka work to become Hollywood movie: a Japanese light novel first

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    The light novel All You Need Is Kill (Shueisha) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is being made into a film starring Tom Cruise. It will be the first Japanese light novel adapted to film by a major Hollywood studio. Filming began in October 2012, with its release expected in 2014. The work is a science-fiction battle action story … Details

  • 2012/12/19 Column

    A flowering of police novels

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    Japanese bestseller lists of recent years have been populated by a notable number of crime novels centering on police investigations. It is a commonplace of writers' handbooks that readers must never be allowed to become bored, and the timely deployment of a dead body is often recommended as a means to this end. Once this … Details

  • 2012/12/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 15, 2012, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 7 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Tomoyuki Hoshino, Mezameyo to ningyo wa utau   ("Wake Up," Sings the … Details

  • 2012/12/05 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 30, 2012, adding synopses for 8 works of fiction, 6 of nonfiction, and 5 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.)  Literature/Fiction ■ Yumeaki Hirayama, Daina  (Diner) ■ Mitsuyo Kakuta, Kami no tsuki  (Paper Moon) ■ Mitsuyo … Details

  • 2012/11/01 News

    Books from Japan makes debut at Frankfurt Book Fair

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    The 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, held from October 10 to 14, attracted 281,753 visitors, a slight increase over last year. Publishers from 100 countries displayed their wares at some 7,300 booths. Hall 6, where the booths of Japanese publishers were located, was the scene of over 1,000 agents negotiating rights sales, a 4.4 percent gain … Details

  • 2012/10/09 News

    Frankfurt Book Fair

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    Books from Japan has a Frankfurt Book Fair corner that introduces Japanese books by featured publishers and academic presses. Please click the banner on the top page. Books published by university presses are on display at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair from October 10 to 14. Come to Booth A900, Hall 6.1. Please visit the booth and … Details

  • 2012/08/01 News

    "Adventure in the Closet" reaches 2 million copies in print; publisher Doshinsha celebrates 210th printing with 1,000-shop fair

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    The picture book Oshiire no boken (Adventure in the Closet; written by Taruhi Furuta and illustrated by Seiichi Tabata) from children's publisher Doshinsha has passed the milestone of two million copies in print with its 210th printing in April this year. In May Doshinsha launched a year-long promotional fair to celebrate. Over 500 stores nationwide were … Details

  • 2012/08/01 News

    Kashimada and Tsujimura chosen for Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

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    On July 18, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature announced the winners of the Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2012. The announcement followed meetings of the respective selection committees at a time-honored venue, the legendary Shin-Kiraku restaurant in Tokyo's Tsukiji district. Maki Kashimada was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for her short story … Details

  • 2012/06/18 News

    2012 Mishima, Yamamoto Prizes announced

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    The Shincho Society for the Promotion of Literary Arts announced the winners of the 25th annual Mishima Yukio and Yamamoto Shugoro Prizes after the respective prize committees met on May 15 at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo. The Mishima Prize went to Jungo Aoki for Watashi no inai koko (High School Without Me), published by … Details