10 Top Japanese Authors of the Past Decade (2000–2010)
Oe received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature (see WLT, Winter 2002, 4–51). His most recent work in English is The Changeling (2010).
After Oe, Murakami is Japan’s most famous living author and a two-time nominee for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His most recent work in English is IQ84 (2011).
Inoue (1934-2010) was a leading Japanese playwright and writer of comic fiction. He served as Japan’s PEN Club president from 2003 to 2007.
A new author in the making, Kanehara received the Akutagawa Prize in 2003, judged by Ryu Murakami. Her latest work in English is Autofiction (2008).
A writer known for her offbeat style of storytelling. Her story “In the Palace of the Dragon King” appears on the WLT website this month.
A mystery/thriller writer. Her story Out (1997) has been adapted to a movie and is known in America as the movies Ring and Ring 2. Her latest work in English is Real World (2008).
A prolific writer who has won many literary awards. Many of her works have been translated into English, most recently Ico, Castle in the Mist (2010).
An author known for his brutal and shocking style of writing who has received many literary awards for his works. Popular Hits of the Showa Era is his most recent book in English (see WLT, Sept. 2011, 63).
Another up-and-coming author who shared the Akutagawa Prize with Hitomi Kanehara. She is the youngest author to receive this prestigious award. Her latest work is Katte ni furuetero (2010).
A contemporary writer who has also won several literary awards. Her latest book in English is The Lake (2011).
Compiled by Stacie Woodrow