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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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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 1968 but lost the award to his fellow countryman Yasunari Kawabata, presumably because of his radical right-wing activities. His avant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change. He is remembered for his ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d'état attempt, known as the "Mishima ...more

Age: Died at 45 (1925-1970)

Birthplace: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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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 nationalistic leanings, though it is unclear for how long, and what influence this had on his life and work. ...more

Age: Died at 37 (1896-1933)

Birthplace: Hanamaki, Japan

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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

Age: Died at 35 (1892-1927)

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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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 "Boy Detectives Club". Ranpo was an admirer of Western mystery writers, and especially of Edgar Allan Poe. His pen name is a rendering of Poe's name. Other authors who were special influences on him were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whom he attempted to translate into Japanese during his days as a student at Waseda University, and the Japanese mystery writer Ruikō Kuroiwa. ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1894-1965)

Birthplace: Naga District, Mie

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