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Japanese novelist Junichi Watanabe, known for his love stories, dies at 80

Published on May 8, 2014 2:01 PM

TOKYO (Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network)- Novelist Junichi Watanabe, whose romantic tales included the huge best-seller Shitsurakuen - A Lost Paradise in English - died after a long battle with prostate cancer at his Tokyo home on April 30. He was 80.

His wife Toshiko attended a funeral with close relatives. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The novelist won the prestigious Naoki Prize for Hikari To Kage (Light And Shadow) in 1970.

Other works included Hitohira No Yuki (One Flake Of Snow) and Shinigesho (Funeral Cosmetics), which won an award sponsored by Shinchosha Publishing Co in 1965.

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