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Kenzo Kitakata

Japan (b.1947)

Kenzo Kitakata is the recipient of countless awards for his signature brand of hardboiled yakuza fiction, including the Japan Adventure Writing Association Award (1982), the Yoshikawa Eiji Award for Fiction (1983), the Japan Mystery Writers Association Award (1983, for The Cage), the Bungei Award (1985) and the Shiba Ryotaro Award (2005). A perennial bestseller, Kitakata is also a frequent commentator and panel judge for fiction awards.