『JR上野駅公園口』 has been widely praised since the English translation came out. I did not enjoy reading this book however, I tried to explain why in this review.
I only had time for two topics this month: Korean court ruling on forced labour victims: aftermaths 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. News 1: Korean court ruling on forced labour victims: aftermaths This might not have been a breaking news in Japanese media, but this is one of the topics I am the most interested in, so we’ll start this month with the Korean Court ruling over the forced labourers issue. Along with the comfort women issue, the forced labourers issue remains a topic of tension between Japan and Korea. During the end of WWII, as Korea was under Japanese rule (1910-1945), a large number of Koreans were conscripted to participate in Japan’s war effort, either as soldiers or as workers in factories and mines. Many of them worked in very poor conditions. I saw the numbers of 670,000 labourers sent to Japan and 60,000 deaths, but I don’t have sources other than Wikipedia. If you are interested in this issue, you can watch the Korean film The Battleship Island, which is an …
This is the novelisation of the anime series on Netflix 『日本沈没２０２０』.
Novelisations can be a good way to get into reading books in Japanese! I have read 『君の名は。』 and 『そして父になる』 to see how these books can be used by Japanese learners to improve their reading skills.
The Devotion of Suspect X is one of my favourite books of crime fiction ever! Highly recommended!
Schoolmates Kazuo and Kazumi wake up in each other’s body and try their best to fit in their new environment while looking for a way to go back to their former self… An engrossing, funny and touching story!
I read 3 novels, one nonfiction book, a novella and a manga in July!