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  • 2017/09/11 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on September 11, 2017, adding synopses for 11 titles in “other categories.” (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "An unfortunate gap: on Japanese-Russian translations of juvenile and YA books," was also added to the Column corner. Other Categories■ Japan Society of Nutrition and … Details

  • 2017/09/06 Column

    An unfortunate gap: on Japanese-Russian translations of juvenile and YA books

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    When I was studying Russian literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow, most of the people I had contact with were unaware that I was Japanese. My close friends all knew it, of course, but I made a point of not volunteering the information to other students and teachers when we first met. … Details

  • 2017/08/29 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on August 29, 2017, adding synopses for 2 works of fiction, 21 of other categories, and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Riku Onda, Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant Thunder) ■ Ichi Sawamura, Zūnome ningyō (Zūnome Doll) Other Categories■ Chūō … Details

  • 2017/08/08 News

    Numata, Sato garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 157th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2017. Shinsuke Numata received the Akutagawa for his novel Eiri (Back of Shadow, published by Bungeishunju), while Shogo Sato was awarded the Naoki for his novel Tsuki no michikake (Waxing and … Details

  • 2017/07/27 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on July 27, 2017, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction, 1 of nonfiction, 14 of other categories and 3 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Shūhei Fujisawa, Semishigure (Chorus of Cicadas) ■ Areno Inoue, Kekkon (Marriage) ■ Jun Itō, Tenka-bito no … Details

  • 2017/06/26 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 26, 2017, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction and 2 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Mikito Chinen, Yasashii shinigami no kaikata (How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death) ■ Areno Inoue, Aka e (For Red) ■ Miu … Details

  • 2017/06/06 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on June 6, 2017, adding synopses for 1 work of fiction, 3 works of other categories, and 7 children & YA titles. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction■ Sanae Hoshio, Kappan Insatsu Mikazuki-dō: Hoshi-tachi no shiori (Letterpress Print Shop Mikazuki-dō: Star Bookmarks) Other Categories■ Natsuko … Details

  • 2017/05/10 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on May 10, 2017, adding synopses for 4 works of fiction and 7 of other categories. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Due to the closure on March 31, 2017 of its previous sponsor, the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center (J-Lit Center), Books from … Details

  • 2017/03/29 News

    Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes go to Sumito Yamashita, Riku Onda

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    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 156th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the second half of 2016. The Akutagawa was awarded to Sumito Yamashita for his novel Shinsekai (New World, published by Shinchosha). Riku Honda garnered the Naoki for her novel Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant … Details

  • 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