Japanese Novels Gaining Popularity in China


Shanghai, Jan. 4 (Jiji Press)—Japanese novels are increasingly popular in China, with mainly young people showing interest in contemporary works by authors such as Higashino Keigo and Murakami Haruki.

At one of the largest bookstores in Shanghai late last month, half of the 10 bestselling foreign novels were Higashino works, including Namiya zakkaten no kiseki (The Miracles of the Namiya General Store), which ranked second.

A novel by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, was in first place. Until then, Higashino novels had topped the list for a while, according to a staff employee at the bookstore.

Higashino's works started to become popular four or five years ago, and the bookstore has set up an area dedicated to the Japanese author, where his novels are stacked in piles.

The Higashino fad began in the coastal districts of China and then spread to inland areas, an official of a publishing company said, adding that novels by Miyabe Miyuki and Isaka Kōtarō are also winning acceptance from readers in China.

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