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.
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)