Senji Kuroi 黒井千次
Senji Kuroi (1932–) has long been a pivotal member of the "introspective generation" of writers who rose to prominence in Japan in the early 1970s. He once worked for a major manufacturer, a background that is reflected in his recurring themes of corporate dehumanization and the loneliness and insecurity of urban existence. Kuroi began writing fiction in high school and published his first story, Aoi kojo (The Blue Factory), in a small literary journal in 1958. He became a full-time author after winning the 1970 MEXT Award for New Artists with Jikan (Time), his first collection of stories, which included the Akutagawa Prize nominee Seisangyo shukan (Sacred Production Week). Kuroi's other works include Life in the Cul-de-Sac (1984; English translation, 2001), a Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize winner; Katen koru (Curtain Call, 1994), which won the Yomiuri Prize for Literature; and Hane to tsubasa (Feathers and Wings, 2000), recipient of the Mainichi Art Award. He served as president of the Japan Writers' Association from 2002 to 2007.