Maki Kashimada has won the 147th Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors of serious fiction for her work "Meido Meguri," while the 147th Naoki Prize, mainly for midlevel popular fiction writers, has gone to Mizuki Tsujimura for "Kagi no Nai Yume o Miru," the awards' selection committees have announced.
The title of Kashimada's work translates literally as "Touring the land of the dead," while Tsujimura's title translates as "Having a dream without a key."
Tokyo native Kashimada, 35, began her career as a professional writer in 1998 while a student at Shirayuri College, winning Kawade Shobo Shinsha's Bungei Prize for "Nihiki" (Two animals).
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)
Police on Friday said that a real estate company employee was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the lobby of an office building near JR Akihabara station. The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital. (Japan Today )