Koji Suzuki, a leading Japanese horror novelist known for his "Ring" series, won the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award in the novel category, becoming the first Japanese to win in that category.
Named after Shirley Jackson, an American author known for her works dealing with abnormal psychology, the annual awards are presented for outstanding achievement in the literature of horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy published in the preceding calendar year.
A smiling Suzuki, who won the award for his work "Edge," said: "I think [Edge] is my masterpiece. I'm really glad that I won the award for it."
In "Edge," people and celestial bodies disappear and mathematical rules no longer apply. "This [kind of horror] is my basic line. A grudge appears also in 'Ring,' but the story itself is thoroughly logical," Suzuki said.
Japanese research whaling vessels have returned to a port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, after completing a survey expedition in the Antarctic Ocean. The expedition was unusual in that it did not involve catching any whales. (NHK)
With the arrival of the cherry blossom season, the Tokyo metropolitan government has taken steps to manage the influx of revelers expected at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, where a hanami festival is being held. (The Japan News)
A teen model smiles sweetly at the camera. Deftly using her hands, she produces a considerable volume of white, goopy liquid. Then she turns to the camera and asks, innocently, "It all came out?" (rocketnews24.com)
Lee Dong Cheol, 61, and an employee of his trading firm were arrested by the Kyoto, Kanagawa, Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectural police departments on Thursday for allegedly importing North Korean matsutake mushrooms under the pretense that they were Chinese ones. (The Japan News)
Police reported a record-high 28,923 minors aged below 18 to child welfare authorities as suspected victims of child abuse in 2014, up 33.9 percent from a year earlier, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Kyodo)