'Ring' novelist wins horror award
Yomiuri -- Aug 20
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.

Source: Yomiuri
Aug 04
The Japan Coast Guard found a body on Monday inside a ferry that caught fire Friday and is still burning off Tomakomai, Hokkaido. (Jiji Press)
Aug 03
One of Japan's largest summer festivals has started in the northern city of Aomori. (NHK)
Aug 03
A key piece of debris was successfully removed Sunday from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, clearing the way for the removal of over 500 spent fuel rods sitting inside the unit's cooling pool more than four years after the 2011 crisis. (Kyodo)
Aug 03
Japanese police say the CEO of a failed Bitcoin exchange may have misappropriated customers' money to pay the rent on a luxury condominium in Tokyo. (NHK)
Aug 01
With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Imperial Household Agency made public on Saturday Emperor Showa's voice from the master recording used to announce the end of the war. (The Japan News)
Aug 04
A 68-year-old man who was arrested for killing his 65-year-old brother, received a two-year jail sentence, suspended for four years, on Monday. (Japan Today)
Aug 04
Two women and a man under arrest for murdering a 45-year-old woman exchanged messages and planned their attack on Line in the days leading up to the incident, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
A 69-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home in Saitama City's Kita Ward, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
Police in Osaka are looking for a man who attacked a 17-year-old high school girl as she walked home. (Japan Today)
Aug 01
A fire occurred on an MOL Ferry Co. ferry about 55 kilometers off Tomakomai, Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday evening, leaving a crew member missing, according to the Japan Coast Guard and the operator. (Jiji Press)
Aug 01
Jimmy Page, the guitarist of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, on Thursday visited Hiroshima and laid flowers for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city 70 years ago. (Japan Times)
Jul 31
The average life expectancy for Japanese women rose to a record high of 86.83 years in 2014 from 86.61 years the previous year, marking the world's longest for the third straight year, government data showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 31
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Thursday said suffocation was the cause of death of a woman whose corpse was discovered floating off the coast of Miura City, reports TBS News (July 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 31
Last weekend, it was once again time for Japan's model and garage kit enthusiasts to gather for the summer iteration of Wonder Festival, held at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Jul 30
Japan's Empress Michiko is set to receive checkups on her coronary artery using computed tomography on Aug. 9 at the University of Tokyo Hospital due to suspected myocardial ischemia, the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)