Japan’s Murakami withdraws from consideration for alternative Nobel award


TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese author Haruki Murakami has asked for the withdrawal of his nomination for an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, postponed this year over a sexual misconduct scandal, saying he wanted to concentrate on his writing.

FILE PHOTO: Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, laureate of Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award 2016, is seen outside H. C. Andersen’s house in Odense, Denmark October 30, 2016. Scanpix Denmark/Henning Bagger/via REUTERS/File Photo

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