Mystery Writers of Japan

Mystery Writers of Japan (日本推理作家協会 Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai) is an organization for mystery writers in Japan.
The organization was founded on 21 June 1947 by EDOGAWA Rampo. It is currently chaired by Bin KONNO and claims about 600 members.
It presents the Mystery Writers of Japan Award to writers every year. It also presents the Edogawa Rampo Award to amateur writers who has had few or no novels published commercially.
On 21 June 1947, Edogawa Rampo founded the Detective Fiction Writers Club (探偵作家クラブ Tantei Sakka Kurabu), which was based in Tokyo.
In 1954, the Club merged with the Detective Fiction Writers Club of Kansai (関西探偵作家クラブ Kansai Tantei Sakka Kurabu), the counterpart based in Kansai region, and changed its name to the Detective Fiction Writers Club of Japan (日本探偵作家クラブ Nihon Tantei Sakka Kurabu).
On 31 January 1963, the club changed its name to Mystery Writers of Japan (日本推理作家協会 Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai).
Presidents…
Detective Fiction Writers Club (of Japan)
          1. EDOGAWA Rampo (1947-1952)
          2. Udaru OSHITA (1952-1954)
          3. Takataro KIGI (1954-1960)
          4. Keisuke WATANABE (1960-1963)
Mystery Writers of Japan
          1. EDOGAWA Rampo (1963)
          2. Seicho MATSUMOTO (1963-1971)
          3. Kazuo SHIMADA (1971-1973)
          4. Yo SANO (1973-1979)
          5. Toru MIYOSHI (1979-1981)
          6. Masao YAMAMURA (1981-1985)
          7. Kawataro NAKAJIMA (1985-1989)
          8. Jiro IKUSHIMA (1989-1993)
          9. Takashi ATODA (1993-1997)[1]
          10. Kenzo KITAKATA (1997-2001)
          11. Go OSAKA (2001-2005) [2]
          12. Arimasa OSAWA (2005-2009)[3]
          13. Keigo HIGASHINO (2009-2013)
          14. Bin KONNO (2013- )[4]
Awards…
Mystery Writers of Japan Award (since 1948)
          Best Novel
          Best Short Story
          Best Critical/Biographical Work
Edogawa Rampo Award (since 1955): sponsored by Kodansha and Fuji Television, open to anyone who has had few or no novels published commercially.
The winner receives a small bust of Edogawa Rampo and a prize of 10,000,000 yen. The novel of the winner is published by Kodansha.
The members of the selection committee of 2012 are Natsuo Kirino, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Ira Ishida, Bin Konno (ja) and Keigo Higashino.
External link’s…
.        Official site (http://www.mystery.or.jp/)(Japanese)
Notes…
1. ^ J’Lit | Authors : Takashi Atoda | Books from Japan (http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/296-takashi-atoda) (English)
2. ^ J’Lit | Authors : Go Osaka | Books from Japan (http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/941-go-osaka) (English)
3. ^ J’Lit | Authors : Arimasa Osawa | Books from Japan (http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/340-arimasa- osawa) (English)
4. ^ J’Lit | Authors : Bin Konno | Books from Japan (http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/569-bin-konno) (English)
References…
.        Shimpo, Hirohisa (2000), “Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai”. Nihon Misuteri Jiten(􏰨􏰩􏰪􏰫􏰬􏰭􏰮􏰯􏰰), Shinchosha, Tokyo
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