Japan: Writer’s widow establishes literature award

“The culture of reading printed matter is in crisis, so I want to help produce more writers who deserve to be called artisans — just like young Fujimoto did,” said Tokiko Fujimoto, the 80-year-old widow of Naoki Prize-winning writer Giichi Fujimoto.

Tokiko has established a literature award named after her husband, who died about 2½ years ago. Entries for the award will be accepted from May.

When he was alive, Tokiko said, Fujimoto described himself as an “artisan.” They married in 1958 and she watched over her husband as he devoted all his energy to writing.

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