Noted Japanese Sci-Fi Writer Taku Mayumura Dies at 85

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Tokyo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Prominent Japanese science fiction writer Taku Mayumura, known for "Shiseikan" (Administrator) series works, "Nerawareta Gakuen" (Targeted School) and many other novels, has died of aspiration pneumonia at a hospital in the western Japan city of Osaka on Sunday. He was 85.

After making his literary debut in 1961, Mayumura, a native of Osaka, whose real name was Takuji Murakami, created a number of novels, including full-length and short sci-fi works, as well as essays.

He was particularly known for popular novels in the juvenile sci-fi genre, with Nerawareta Gakuen and "Nazo no Tenkosei" (Mysterious Transfer Student) made into television dramas and movies.

In 2004, Mayumura released "Tsuma ni Sasageta 1,778 wa," (1,778 Stories Dedicated to My Wife), a collection of short stories he wrote for his ailing wife, Etsuko, who died in 2002. A film made based on the work hit the screen in 2011.

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