The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

Author Murakami wades into Japan-China island row


TOKYO (AFP) - Haruki Murakami, one of the world's foremost novelists, waded into the territorial row between China and Japan on Friday, warning of the perils of politicians offering the "cheap liquor" of nationalism.

His intervention came as Beijing launched a blistering attack on Tokyo at the United Nations, accusing Tokyo of theft, as the dispute over the ownership of a chain of islands intensified.

The Japanese author of Norweigan Wood said cool heads should prevail.

Writing in the liberal-leaning Asahi Shimbun, Murakami, who has been tipped as a future Nobel laureate, said disputes over land existed because of the unfortunate system of dividing humanity into countries with national borders.