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University of Tsukuba Grad wins Akutagawa Prize

Nanae Aoyama only turned 24 in January, but already she has won literary prizes for each of the two books she has published.

But she hasn’t just won any old literary prizes. Her latest, awarded in January for her second novel, “Hitori Biyori (Being Alone),” was the Akutagawa Prize — the most prestigious in Japan — which is named after the great early 20th-century novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

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