Kei Iwaki (1971–) was born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator of product manuals before marrying another Japanese expatriate and becoming a homemaker. The country has now been her home for 20 years and counting. Her maiden work Sayonara, Orenji (Goodbye, My Orange) garnered the Dazai Osamu Prize in 2013 and the Kenzaburo Ōe Prize in 2014.
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