Japan's Tawada Wins Prestigious Literature Award in U.S.

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Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--The English version of "Kentoshi," or "The Emissary," a work by Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, has won the U.S. National Book Award for Translated Literature.

The National Book Awards are one of the most distinguished literature prizes in the United States. Winners of this year's awards were announced on Wednesday local time.

Tawada, 58, who now lives in Germany, expressed joy at her winning of the award, in talks with reporters at Waseda University in Tokyo on Thursday.

"I take my winning of the award as a message that it is necessary to look at the world at a time when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump takes a stance of not giving consideration to other countries under his 'America First' policy," she said.

Kentoshi, a dystopian novel, depicts an elderly man and his great-grandchild living in a difficult situation in Japan after a catastrophe that looks like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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