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.
Japan's job availability rose in December to its best level in 22 years while the unemployment rate improved to 3.4 percent, suggesting that companies are willing to hire more workers as corporate profits recover, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
A Nagoya University student who says she killed an elderly woman found dead in the 19-year-old's apartment has also admitted poisoning a former high school classmate, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested 11 people who, as part of an organized scam group, call up individuals claiming that they had missed a payment for using a website that is actually free to use. (Japan Today)
Paul McCartney, who had to cancel all his concerts in Japan last year due to an illness, announced on his blog Thursday that he will return to Japan for four concerts in April as part of his "Out There" world tour. (Japan Today)
Police have arrested a 19-year-old girl on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman. The girl, who is a student at Nagoya University, was quoted by police as saying she wanted to kill someone and that anyone would do, NTV reported Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Last week, officers from the Yotsuya Police Station in Tokyo took Takahiro Arimoto, the 44-year-old manager of massage parlor Honey Candle and one other employee into custody for the harmful employment of minors, a violation under the Labor Standards Act. (Tokyo Reporter)
Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of collapse they pose to the growing number of visitors to the site. (Asahi)