FILE PHOTO: Japanese author Haruki Murakami, laureate of Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award 2016, is seen exterior H. C. Andersen’s home in Odense, Denmark October 30, 2016. Scanpix Denmark/Henning Bagger/by way of REUTERS
May 12, 2020
By Rocky Swift
TOKYO (Reuters) – Haruki Murakami, one in all Japan’s most acclaimed novelists, will host a radio special to attempt to elevate the nation’s spirits as a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus lingers.
Murakami, whose breakout novel “Norwegian Wood” debuted in 1987, will play favourite songs and welcome listener feedback throughout a “Stay Home Special,” the title evoking a plea from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike for residents to keep away from going out.
“I’m hoping that the power of music can do a little to blow away some of the corona-related blues that have been piling up,” Murakami wrote on an internet web page selling the special.
While a nationwide state of emergency is due to final till May 31, officers stated some areas might have the ability to elevate restrictions as early as this week if infections are below management. Tokyo, the epicentre of Japan’s outbreak, confirmed 15 new circumstances on Monday, the primary time in 42 days that the each day quantity has fallen under 20.
Murakami, a perennial favourite for the Nobel Prize in Literature, is a infamous recluse however has hosted his Murakami Radio present each couple months. As a youngster he developed a ardour for jazz and spoke of writing to its beat. He and his spouse, Yoko, opened a jazz membership whereas nonetheless college college students and ran it for seven years.
The Murakami Radio Stay Home Special will play on Tokyo FM 80.zero and 38 stations nationwide on May 22 from 10 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. (1300-1455 GMT).
(Reporting by Rocky Swift; extra reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Stephen Coates)