[Not that it was a spare year for literary news -- the webmaster was otherwise occupied.]
146th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes announced (January 17, 2012)
The 146th Akutagawa Prize will be awarded to two writers: Tanaka Shin'ya, for Tomogui (Cannibals, published in the October 2011 issue of Subaru), and Enjō Tō, for Dokē no chō (The Harlequin Butterfly, published in the July 2011 issue of Gunzō). The 146th Naoki Prize will go to Homuro Rin for Higurashi no ki (Everyday Life, published by Shōdensha). Both Kuroi Senji and Ishihara Shintarō have announced that they are leaving the Akutagawa Prize selection committee, the former citing his age (he is 80 years old) and the latter complaining that he has wearied of the low quality of Japanese literary fiction. Tanaka Shin'ya created a bit of a media stir (and stimulated sales) by announcing that he had decided to accept the prize to avoid giving an "unnamed" committee member such a shock that it would disrupt Tokyo politics (Ishihara is, of course, the governor of Tokyo).
147th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes announced (July 17, 2012)
The 147th Akutagawa Prize has been won by Kashimada Maki for Meido meguri (Journey Through the Underworld, published in the Spring edition of Bungei). The 147th Naoki Prize will be given to Tsujimura Mitsuki for her collection of short stories, Kagi no nai yume o miru (Dreams Without Keys, published by Bungei Shunjū). The presentation ceremony will be held in Tokyo on August 28.
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