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Bestsellers in June 2016

  • June 30, 2016
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The following is the monthly ranking of bestsellers released by book wholesaler Nippan Shuppan Hanbai Inc. (NIPPAN) on June 30:


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1.  Tensai by Shintaro Ishihara


Ishihara burst on the literary scene in 1955 with the publication of “Taiyo no Kisetsu” (Season of Violence), which won the Akutagawa Prize in literature. Later the author went into politics and served as governor of Tokyo for three years. The former politician was an outspoken critic of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka (1918-93). Here he does a volte-face, explaining his present admiration for Tanaka.





Bestsellers Over road2.  Obarodo by Kugane Maruyama


“Overload” is the title of a series of light fantasy novels. It was serialized online in 2010 before being published as a novel. Ten volumes have been published and a total of over 2.5 million copies have been sold since July 30, 2012.






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3.  Kirawareru Yuki by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

[Courage to Be Disliked]

The author writes in the preface that this is an “unpleasant book”; those who want to end the day on a happy note should not read it. Tachibana says people are wont to mouth such things as effort is rewarded and character is more important than appearance, but these platitudes are nothing more than wishful thinking.





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4.  Kirawareru Yuki by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

[Courage to Be Disliked]

Kishimi, a philosopher, and Koga, a writer, collaborated to produce this self-help book in the form of a dialogue between a young man and philosopher that teaches how to live happily by using Alfred Adler’s psychoanalytical theory. The book has been translated into Chinese and Korean.





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5.  Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori by Natsu Miyashita

[A Forest of Sheep and Steel]

A young man from the mountains of Hokkaido grows up to be an accomplished piano tuner. The author’s prose is so precise and sensuous that the reader almost hears the sound of the piano. The novel won this year’s Japan Booksellers’ Award, which is based on a tally of votes from book store clerks.

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