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Akira Yoshimura (吉村 昭, Yoshimura Akira, May 1, 1927; † July 31, 2006) was a prize-winning Japanese writer.

Akira Yoshimura
Native name
吉村 昭
Born(1927-05-01)May 1, 1927
DiedJuly 31, 2006(2006-07-31) (aged 79)
Notable worksOn Parole and Shipwrecks
Notable awardsYomiuri Prize

He was the president of the Japanese writers' union and a PEN member. He published over 20 novels, of which On Parole and Shipwrecks are internationally known and have been translated into several languages. In 1984 he received the Yomiuri Prize for his novel Hagoku (破獄, Prison Break) based on the true story of Yoshie Shiratori.



  • Hagoku (破獄)
  • Yami ni hirameku (闇にひらめく, 1997)
  • Shipwrecks (破船, Hasen). Harvest Books 1996, ISBN 0-15-600835-1
  • On Parole Harvest Books 2000, ISBN 978-0-15-601147-1, loosely adapted into a movie as The Eel
  • One Man’s Justice『遠い日の戦争』. Canongate 2004, ISBN 978-1-84195-479-0
  • Kuma arashi (『羆嵐』 1982)(shinchosha)

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "宰治賞受賞者一覧" [Dazai Osamu Prize Winners List] (in Japanese). Chikuma Shobō. Archived from the original on 2018-07-01. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "読売文学賞" [Yomiuri Prize for Literature] (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Archived from the original on 2018-09-01. Retrieved September 21, 2018.