Kuniko Mukōda

Kuniko Mukōda (向田 邦子, Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 – August 22, 1981) was a Japanese TV screenwriter. Most of her scripts focus on day-to-day family life and relationships. She won the 83rd Naoki Prize (1980上) for her short stories "Hanano Namae", "Kawauso" and "Inugoya."[1]

Kuniko Mukōda
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Kuniko Mukōda

(1929-11-28)November 28, 1929
Wakabayashi, Setagaya, Ebara-gun, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
DiedAugust 22, 1981(1981-08-22) (aged 51)
Cause of deathPlane crash
Occupationscreenwriter, Novelist, Essayist
Years active1952–1981


Mukōda was born in Tokyo, and moved around Japan in her early life due to her father's job. After she graduated from Jissen Women's College (Jissen Women's University), she got a job at Ondori Company, a film publicity company, in 1952. In 1960, she left the company and became a screenwriter and radiowriter. On August 22, 1981, she died on Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 when it crashed in Taiwan.


Some of her short stories are:

  • The Name of The Flower
  • Small Change
  • I Doubt It
  • The Otter
  • Manhattan
  • Beef Shoulder
  • The Doghouse
  • The Fake Egg
  • Triangular Chop
  • Mr. Carp
  • Ears
  • Half-Moon
  • The Window
  • Meeting Again


  1. ^ "直木賞受賞者一覧" [Naoki Prize Winners List] (in Japanese). 日本文学振興会. Retrieved September 13, 2018.

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