Japanese Novelist Yasushi Inoue Dies
TOKYO (AP) _ Yasushi Inoue, a prize-winning Japanese novelist, has died, a hospital official said today. He was 83.
Inoue died late Tuesday of acute pneumonia, the official said on condition of anonymity. The author had been hospitalized since Jan. 22 at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, he said.
Inoue was often mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel literature prize.
His best-known works translated into English included, ″Tun-Huang,″ ″the Hunting Gun,″ ″Chronicle of My Mother,″ ″Lou-lan,″ ″The Counterfeiter,″ and ″Roof Tiles of Tempyo.″
Until his death, Inoue served as chairman of the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Association. He was chairman of the Japan Pen Club from 1981-1985 and chief director of the Japan Writers Association from 1969-1972.
In 1976, Inoue was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his contribution to Japan’s literary world. In 1950, he received the Akutagawa Prize for promising new writers.
The son of a military doctor, Inoue was born May 6, 1907. After graduating from Kyoto University in 1936, he joined Mainichi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper, where he worked for 14 years before turning to novels.
He is survived by his wife, Fumi, two sons and two daughters. The funeral is scheduled for Feb. 20.