Four Japanese were nominees for ’64 Nobel literature prize: documents

Four Japanese writers including novelists Junichiro Tanizaki and Yukio Mishima were nominees for the 1964 Nobel Prize in literature, according to documents released by the Swedish Academy.

The documents, made available at Kyodo News’ request after a customary 50-year period of secrecy, also showed that Tanizaki made it as far as the six-candidate shortlist for the prize that year.

Tanizaki had previously been named to a shortlist of five writers for the 1960 award, indicating he had drawn consistent attention from the Nobel committee during the period.

A total of 76 writers received nominations for the 1964 Nobel Prize in literature, with novelist Yasunari Kawabata and poet Junzaburo Nishiwaki rounding out the four candidates from Japan.

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