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List of notable or famous novelists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Japan and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Japan is included when available.

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This historic novelists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Japan?" These prominent novelists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese novelists.

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Japan
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Mishima Yukio is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century; he was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was poised to win the prize in ...more

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Age: Died at 45 (1925-1970)

Birthplace: Shinjuku, Japan

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, + more

Credits: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The School of Flesh, Patriotism, Black Lizard, + more

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Kenji Miyazawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Japan
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Kenji Miyazawa was a Japanese poet and author of children's literature in the early Shōwa period. He was also known as a vegetarian, and social activist. A devout believer in Nichiren Buddhism in the latter half of his life, he joined the Kokuchūkai, a Nichiren Buddhist organization with ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1896-1933)

Birthplace: Hanamaki, Japan

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher

Credits: Night on the Galactic Railroad, The Night of Taneyamagahara, Three Tales, Guskō Budori no Denki, Bungô: Sasayaka na yokubô

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Japan
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Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story" and Japan's premier literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him. He committed suicide at the age of 35 through an overdose of barbital. ...more

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Age: Died at 35 (1892-1927)

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer

Credits: Rashomon, The Outrage, Iron Maze, The Christ of Nanjing, Portrait of Hell, + more

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Edogawa Rampo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Japan
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Tarō Hirai, better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo, was a Japanese author and critic who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction. Many of his novels involve the detective hero Kogoro Akechi, who in later books was the leader of a group of boy detectives known as the ...more

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Age: Died at 71 (1894-1965)

Birthplace: Naga District, Mie

Profession: Novelist

Credits: Inju, the Beast in The Shadow, Rampo Noir, Watcher in the Attic, Black Lizard, + more

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