Fiction writer Kazutoshi Hando dies at 90


Renowned Japanese non-fiction writer Kazutoshi Hando, known for his research into the history of the Showa era in Japan (1926-1989), died on Tuesday. He was 90 years old.

Hando was found collapsed at his home in the Setagaya district of Tokyo and later confirmed dead.

Born in Tokyo, Hando endured major American air raids on the Japanese capital in March 1945 during World War II.

Kazutoshi Hando | KYODO

After the war ended, Hando graduated from the University of Tokyo and joined publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. He then began to research the history of war, inspired by his encounters with the author Ango Sakaguchi and Masanori Ito, a former reporter of the late Japanese imperial. Marine.

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Hando hosted a symposium of people involved in the war and featured the event in the August 1963 issue of the monthly magazine Bungeishunju.

In 1965, Hando published “Japan’s Longest Day” based on the symposium and additional research. The book garnered attention and was made into a movie twice.

At the publisher, Hando was editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun and the monthly Bungeishunju as well as senior managing director.

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After leaving the company in 1995, he became an author, writing about Japanese history since modern times, and appeared in numerous television programs.

In 1998, Hando received an award for his book “Nomonhan no Natsu”. A two-volume book set he wrote on the history of Showa won an award in 2006 and became a bestseller.

Hando also stressed the importance of peace and article 9 of the constitution which renounces war for the younger generations.

In 2015, he received the Kikuchi Kan Prize in recognition of his efforts to seek the truth of war through interviews with relevant people and enlighten readers with a number of excellent non-fiction books on history.

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Hando’s wife, Mariko, is the fourth daughter of the eldest daughter of the famous novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). Hando wrote numerous essays on Soseki, one of which won the Nitta Jiro Prize for Literature in 1993.

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