Chinese novelist Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature, while Japan's Haruki Murakami was thought to be awarded.
Whether he would win the prize or not, there's no doubt that Haruki Murakami is a global-scale writer and his works has captivated millions of people.
I was also impressed so much with his "Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World" when I was a high school student.
His words have a strong power.
At the end of September, Haruki Murakami contributed an article to Asahi Newspaper.
He has shared his point of view on the China-Japan territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
He concerns about the cultural fallout that is likely to result from the country’s
various escalating territorial spats and described the feverish reaction to the
disputes like getting drunk on "cheap alcohol."
Soon after publishing the issue, one Chinese writer Yan Lianke wrote his idea on the International Herald Tribune.
It says that Yan Lianke was deeply touched after reading Haruki Murakami's recent commentary warning of the damage caused by the outbursts of nationalism.
He also indicated that he felt ashamed of himself as a Chinese writer for his slow response.
I think there is no "slow" on this topic.
All we Japanese and Chinese have to learn from both writers' respectable messages.
What a writer published may be a possible key to solve the ongoing territorial dispute.
When literature change the political issue beyond borders, Haruki Murakami must be a center as a prize winner.