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  • 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

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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

  • 2015/12/08 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 8, 2015, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 5 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Yoshinobu Kadoi, Tokyo Teidai Ēko kyōju (Tokyo Imperial University Professor Eco) Other Categories ■ Ai Hosokawa, Itoshi … Details

  • 2015/11/20 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 20, 2015, adding synopses for 4 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■ Kyōko Nakajima, Katazuno! (One Horn!) ■ Tahi Saihate, Hoshi ka kemono ni naru kisetsu (Stars or Beasts) ■ Shin … Details

  • 2015/11/05 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 5, 2015, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 3 of nonfiction, and 1 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Kyōko Nakajima, Nagai owakare (A Long Goodbye) ■ Hideo Okuda, Uwasa no onna (The Woman on Everybody’s Lips) ■ Asako … Details

  • 2015/10/20 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 20, 2015, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction, 5 works of other categories, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Kazumasa Hayami, Inosento deizu (Innocent Days) ■ Tomoyuki Hoshino, Jumon (The Spell) ■ Misumi Kubo, Sayonara niruvāna (Goodbye … Details

  • 2015/10/05 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 5, 2015, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 15 works of other categories, and 11 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) With the Frankfurt Book Fair taking place from October 14 to 18 this year, we have reopened … Details

  • 2015/09/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 15, 2015, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 20 works of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Akiko Itoyama, Ririku (Takeoff) ■ Yoshiki Tanaka, Arusurān senki 1: Ōto enjō (The Heroic Legend of Arslan … Details

  • 2015/09/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 1, 2015, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 12 works of other categories, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Keigo Higashino, Kindan no majutsu (Forbidden Magic) ■ Manabu Makime, Gojō shuttatsu (Wujing's Departure) ■ Gō Ōsaka, Heizō-gari … Details

  • 2015/08/03 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 3, 2015, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 9 works of other categories, and 8 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Naoya Higuchi, Otona doroppu (Growing-Up Candy) ■ Takahiro Ueda, Taiyō, Wakusei (Sun/Planet) Other Categories ■ Advocates for … Details

  • 2015/07/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 15, 2015, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 4 works of other categories, and 6 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Ryō Asai, Budōkan (Budōkan) ■ Genki Kawamura, Sekai kara neko ga kieta nara (If Cats Were … Details

  • 2015/07/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 1, 2015, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 2 works of other categories, and 12 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Miwa Nishikawa, Nagai iiwake (The Long Excuse)■ Asako Yuzuki, Nairu pāchi no joshikai (Nile Perch Women’s … Details

  • 2015/06/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 15, 2015, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 3 works of other categories, and 8 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Megumi Fujino, Hatsukoi ryōri kyōshitsu (Cooking Lessons for Love) ■ Kōtaro Isaka, Aine kuraine nahatomujīku … Details