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  • 2014/12/02 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 2, 2014, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Akane Chihaya, Atokata (Scars)■ Maha Harada, Taiyō no toge (Under the Sun and Stars)■ Masakuni Oda, Hon ni datte osu to … Details

  • 2014/11/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 18, 2014, adding synopses for 8 works of fiction and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Aki Hamanaka, Zekkyō (Scream)■ Keigo Higashino, Tantei kurabu (The Membership Detective Club)■ Akito Inui, Hi (Hisashi)■ Akito Inui, Suppon shinjū (The … Details

  • 2014/11/04 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 4, 2014, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 1 of other categories, and 6 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Masako Bando, Bugi ugi (Boogie Woogie)■ Masako Bando, Kakusareta toki (Hidden Times)■ Keigo Higashino, … Details

  • 2014/10/16 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 16, 2014, adding synopses for 9 fiction and 9 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Yukito Ayatsuji, Another■ Yukito Ayatsuji, Furīkusu (Freaks)■ Osamu Fujitani, Fune ni nore! (Aboard Ship!)■ Hika Harada, Haha-oya uesutan (Rambling Mother)■ Keigo Higashino, Gēmu … Details

  • 2014/10/02 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 2, 2014, adding synopses for 18 children & YA titles and 12 works of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) With the Frankfurt Book Fair taking place from October 8 to 12 this year, we have reopened our annual Frankfurt Book … Details

  • 2014/09/16 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 16, 2014, adding synopses for 13 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, 15 of other categories, and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Hideo Furukawa, Migurādo: Rōdoku geki?Ginga tetsudō no yoru (Migrado: Night on the Milky Way … Details

  • 2014/09/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 1, 2014, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 7 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Starting with works listed this month, we are introducing the use of the macron in accordance with the … Details

  • 2014/08/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 18, 2014, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 10 of other categories, and 5 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Chisa Asukai, Untitled (Untitled)■ Hatsue Nakawaki, Kimi wa ii ko (You're a Good Kid)■ Hatsue Nakawaki, Watashi … Details

  • 2014/08/04 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 4, 2014, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction and 14 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Masako Bando, Kuchinui (Mouth Stitcher)■ Maha Harada, Tobu shojo (The Winged Girl)■ Yuki Ibuki, Kazemachi no hito (Waiting for Fair Winds)■ Yuki … Details

  • 2014/07/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 15, 2014, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 13 of other categories, and 8 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shuntaro Tanikawa, Shashin (On Photography)■ Miri Yu, Jisatsu no kuni (Suicide Nation) Other Categories■ City Living, Joshikai senryu: … Details

  • 2014/07/01 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 1, 2014, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction and 16 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Ryo Wada, Murakami kaizoku no musume (The Pirate's Daughter)■ Miri Yu, Guddobai mama (Goodbye Mama)■ Miri Yu, Jei-aaru Ueno-eki koen-guchi (Japan Railways … Details

  • 2014/06/17 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 17, 2014, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 15 of other categories, and 4 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Keigo Higashino, Utsuro na jujika (Hollow Cross)■ Ken'ichi Yamamoto, Rikyu ni tazuneyo (Ask Sen no Rikyu) Other Categories■ … Details

  • 2014/06/02 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 2, 2014, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 3 of nonfiction, 7 of other categories, and 9 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Mitsuyo Kakuta, Kuchu teien (Garden in the Sky)■ Izumi Kizara, Yube no karee, ashita … Details

  • 2014/05/16 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 16, 2014, adding synopses for 8 works of fiction, 3 of other categories, and 4 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Jiro Asada, Purizun hoteru 1: Natsu (Prison Hotel 1: Summer)■ Tetsuzo Fukuzawa, Tokyo nanmin (Displaced in Tokyo)■ … Details

  • 2014/04/24 News

    Japan's best-selling fiction of 2013

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    The ten best-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 2012 through November 2013 were: 1. Shikisai o motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, kare no junrei no toshi (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)by Haruki Murakami (Bungeishunju, 2013) ISBN 978-4163821108 Four years after his previous hit, 1Q84, Haruki Murakami returned to the no. 1 spot … Details

  • 2014/04/17 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 17, 2014, adding synopses for 7 works of fiction and 12 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Uehashi wins 2014 Andersen Award for authors," was also added to the News corner. Literature/Fiction■ Kaoruko Himeno, Showa no inu … Details

  • 2014/04/04 News

    Uehashi wins 2014 Andersen Award for authors

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    Cultural anthropologist Nahoko Uehashi has won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, often described as the "Nobel Prize of children's literature." She was selected from six finalists for the Author Award. Sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the Andersen Award is given every other year to one author and one illustrator … Details

  • 2014/04/03 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on April 3, 2014, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 13 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Miyuki Miyabe, Dare ka (Somebody)■ Miyuki Miyabe, Ryu wa nemuru (The Sleeping Dragon)■ Hiroki Nagaoka, Kyojo (Training Center) Literature/Nonfiction■ … Details

  • 2014/03/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 18, 2014, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 1 of other categories, and 25 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) On the occasion of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, held from March 24 to 27, Books from Japan … Details

  • 2014/03/04 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 4, 2014, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction and 13 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) The Bologna Children's Book Fair will take place in Italy from March 24 to 27, 2014. Books from Japan will be celebrating … Details