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  • Fiction is the new frontier of Japan’s global cultural invasion
  • Fiction is the new frontier of Japan’s global cultural invasion
    Tokyoform, Creative Commons (2014) ©
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Monkey Business: Japanese literature gives ‘Cool Japan’ a boost

With Haruki Murakami at its centre, Japanese fiction is booming overseas. The literary journal Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan is proof that the acclaimed writer is part of a lush literary landscape. Could the nation’s novels be an overlooked piece of the ‘Cool Japan’ puzzle?