October 17, 2015
South Korea has banned an ethnic Korean from entering the country for an event on his book featuring the 1948 massacre on Jeju Island, an incident that was long taboo in the...
January 22, 2015
Set at an agricultural high school in the mountains, the novel "Green Green" depicts the fictional lives of students who grow their own vegetables and raise pigs and goats.
September 26, 2014
Exactly 50 years ago, “Hyoten” (Freezing Point), the debut novel of Ayako Miura (1922-1999), won The Asahi Shimbun’s prize competition for best novel and began appearing...
July 01, 2014
Revealing an intriguing facet from his past, renowned Japanese literature scholar Donald Keene says he once tried his hand at writing a romantic novel.
April 19, 2014
On April 20, The Asahi Shimbun will begin running "Kokoro" (Heart), a masterpiece serial novel first written for this newspaper a century ago by Natsume Soseki (1867-1916).
April 09, 2014
Science-fiction novelist Project Itoh's "Genocidal Organ" and "Harmony" will be adapted into anime feature films for 2015, Fuji Television Network Inc. said
March 15, 2014
A collection of short stories by critically acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami will be published April 18, Bungeishunju Ltd. announced March 14.
March 12, 2014
Denpo Torishima's "Kaikin no To" (aka "Sisyphean and Other Stories") has won the 34th Nihon SF Taisho Award, which recognizes the year's most excellent work of science fiction.
January 30, 2014
Literary giants have often been used as subject matter in manga, but nowadays, an increasing number of manga are focusing on the more mundane aspects of the great writers, such ...
January 23, 2014
Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. (TOM) has started serialization of the English version of the sci-fi novel "Beatless" on its website Tokyo Otaku Mode β in collaboration with Kadokawa...
December 16, 2013
Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe's first novel in four years draws deeply from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of 2011.
October 20, 2013
Editor's note: This interview is part of Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
July 05, 2013
Eiko Yamaguchi, winner of this year's Matsumoto Seicho award for a full-length entertainment novel, considers herself lucky: her literary dreams came true after biding her time,...
July 04, 2013
One of the finalists for the Yamamoto Shugoro Sho (Yamamoto Shugoro prize) was a novel set in a world where people no longer age or die. To bring order back to this society,...
May 06, 2013
KYOTO--Best-selling author Haruki Murakami gave a rare public interview here May 6 to talk mainly about his new novel and his relationship with a late friend, psychologist...
April 15, 2013
Because no information about Haruki Murakami's latest novel was released before it went on sale on April 12, its somewhat unusual title led to wide speculation among the public.
April 12, 2013
Eager fans of Haruki Murakami thronged bookstores around Japan for the midnight release of his new novel on April 12, with some of them even reading it cover to cover before...
April 12, 2013
Haruki Murakami’s new book is the tale of a man who tries to overcome his sense of loss and isolation, which has accumulated in the dark part of his heart.
April 11, 2013
Major publishing house Bungeishunju Ltd. has prepared 500,000 copies in anticipation of high demand for Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, breaking the record of any first...
February 16, 2013
Literary giant Haruki Murakami is set to release his first novel in three years in April, publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said Feb. 16.