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  • 2017/03/17 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on March 17, 2017, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Yasushi Satō, Kimi no tori wa utaeru (And Your Bird Can Sing) ■ Yasushi Satō, Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku (The Light … Details

  • 2017/02/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 27, 2017, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction and 6 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Hika Harada, Tōkyō rondaringu (Tokyo Laundering) ■ Hika Harada, Shissō.com: Tōkyō rondaringu (Missing.com: Tokyo Laundering) ■ Shino Sakuragi, Hoshiboshi-tachi (Stars) Children & YA■ Hiroaki … Details

  • 2017/02/10 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2016

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    The ten best-selling works of fiction* in Japan from November 27, 2015 through November 25, 2016 were: 1. Kimi no suizō o tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) by Yoru Sumino (Futabasha, 2015) ISBN 978-4575239058This book that started out as an upload to the self-publishing site Shōsetsuka ni narō (Become a Novelist) was picked up … Details

  • 2017/02/10 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 10, 2017, adding synopses for 12 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Children & YA■ Kōichi Fujiwara, Kankyō hakai zukan: Bokutachi ga tsukuru chikyū no mirai (A Visual Guide to Environmental Destruction: The Future of the Earth Is in … Details

  • 2017/01/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 27, 2017, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 1 of other categories, and 6 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Akito Inui, Noroi otoko: Haiyū Kameoka Takuji (The Slow Man: Actor Takuji Kameoka) ■ Kanako Nishi, Ai (i) Other … Details

  • 2017/01/13 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 13, 2017, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction and 4 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Areno Inoue, Mama ga yatta (Mama Killed Him) ■ Akito Inui, Haiyū Kameoka Takuji (Actor Takuji Kameoka) ■ Noboru Tsujihara, Kago no ōmu … Details

  • 2016/12/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 15, 2016, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 1 children & YA title. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Ryō Asai, Mamanaranai kara watashi to anata (It’s the Uncontrollables That Make Us You and Me) ■ Maha Harada, … Details

  • 2016/11/28 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 28, 2016, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction and 9 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Ryō Asai, Nanisama (Who the Hell Am I?) ■ Risako Asano, Ai no ame: Shūshūsha-tachi (Indigo Rain: The Collectors) Other Categories■ Gin’ya Adachi, Nyūmon … Details

  • 2016/11/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 15, 2016, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 1 children & YA title, and 7 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Jirō Akagawa, Tōkyō zero-nen (Tokyo Year Zero) ■ Tomihiko Morimi, Uchōten kazoku (The Eccentric Family) ■ Yūzaburō Otokawa, Taiyō … Details

  • 2016/10/31 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 31, 2016, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 11 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Nowaki Fukamidori, Senjō no kokku-tachi (Armed with Skillets) ■ Yūzaburō Otokawa, Rogosu no ichi (Into the Logos) ■ Tetsuo … Details

  • 2016/10/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on October 11, 2016, adding synopses for 11 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, 5 children & YA titles, and 5 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Kazumasa Hayami, Shōsetsu-ō(Fiction King) ■ Jun Ikeido, Rikuō(Land King) ■ Shun Ioka, Daishō(Held Accountable) ■ Kyoichi … Details

  • 2016/09/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 27, 2016, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 20 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Hideyuki Katō, Shea (Room Sharing) Children & YA■ Nao Kōsaka, Ōdan hodō no Musshu Tomāre (The Man at … Details

  • 2016/09/20 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 20, 2016, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 2 children & YA titles, and 14 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Maha Harada, Romanshe (Romancier) ■ Misumi Kubo, Akagami (The Red Letter Project) ■ Miyuki Miyabe, Kibō-sō (Hope Apartments) ■ Natsu … Details

  • 2016/09/15 News

    Murata and Ogiwara win Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 155th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2016. The Akutagawa went to Sayaka Murata for her novella Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman, published by Bungeishunju), while Hiroshi Ogiwara received the Naoki for his short story collection Umi no … Details

  • 2016/08/22 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 22, 2016, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 3 children & YA titles, and 5 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Kōji Fukada, Fuchi ni tatsu(Harmonium) ■ Shaw Kuzki, Hachigatsu no hikari, atokata (The Trace) Children & YA■ Jishin Itsumo … Details

  • 2016/07/26 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 26, 2016, adding synopses for 4 children & YA titles and 13 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Children & YA■ Shinsaku Fujita, Chiisana machi (The Small Town) ■ Natsuko Ichikawa, Koneko no Rette (Little Kitty Lette) ■ Reiko Katayama and Takako … Details

  • 2016/07/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 11, 2016, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 1 children & YA title, and 8 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shinji Ishii, Yowai (Age) ■ Shinobu Suga, Kakumei zen’ya (Revolution Eve) Children & YA■ Kaori Tajima, Hazukashigariya no Shirousa-chan … Details

  • 2016/06/21 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 21, 2016, adding synopses for 3 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, and 9 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Keigo Higashino, Ningyo no nemuru ie (The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps) ■ Jun Ikeido, Shitamachi roketto 2: Gaudī keikaku … Details

  • 2016/06/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 6, 2016, adding synopses for 6 works of fiction and 4 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■Tetsuya Honda, Indekkusu (Index) ■Akari Itō, Namae mo yobenai (Unable to Speak Their Names) ■En Mikami, Enoshima Nishiura Shashinkan (The Nishiura Photo Studio in Enoshima) ■Gō … Details

  • 2016/05/16 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 16, 2016, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 3 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■Shun’ichi Dōba, Bansei no aki (An Autumn of Savage Politics) ■Seishū Hase, Hidamari no tenshi-tachi: Sourumeito II (Angels in the Sun: … Details