Books And Literature

Monkey Punch, creator of megahit Japan comic Lupin III, dies

Apr 17, 2019

Cartoonist Monkey Punch, best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III, has died at age of 81

New Japan era to be called 'Reiwa,' or pursuing harmony

Apr 1, 2019

The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, to be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony

The Latest: Name for new era of Naruhito to be 'Reiwa'

Apr 1, 2019

Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."

Japan scholar and translator Donald Keene has died at 96

Feb 24, 2019

Donald Keene, a giant in the field of Japanese literature and translation, has died at the age of 96

Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

Dec 28, 2018

A Muslim poet fears for his people as China clamps down on minorities and religion

Japanese author Murakami reveals plan for library of works

Nov 4, 2018

Japanese author Haruki Murakami has announced a plan to set up a library that would showcase his works and also serve as a meeting place for research and international exchanges

Murakami enjoys writing because he doesn't know the ending

Oct 22, 2018

Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn't know how they'll end

Author Murakami talks music, running, novels on radio show

Aug 5, 2018

Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favorite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, as in music and running

North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks

Apr 19, 2018

North Korean Economics 101: Pyongyang's new national budget reflects steady growth, gives big boosts to just about everything and perplexes experts trying to understand what's really going on

Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82

Apr 6, 2018

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died at 82

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