Kojima Nobuo


1915

28 February: Born in Gifu Prefecture

1928

Begins high school, and starts writing for private magazines.

1941

Graduates from University of Tokyo, begins teaching middle-school English.

1942

Drafted, sent to China with the Japanese Army.

1946-2006

Produces more than 30 volumes of criticism and translations from English to Japanese (esp. Saroyan and J.D. Salinger), as well as his own fiction.

1946

Discharged, reumes writing, teaching high school, and adjuncting at Universities.

1955

Publishes "Amerikan sukuuru" (American School). It wins the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's most important literary award.

1957

Travels to the U.S. on a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study American authors like Anderson, Faulkner and Saroyan.

1965

Receives the first Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize for Hogo kazoku (Embracing Family), a novel which deals with post-war Japan.

Hogo kazoku (Embracing Family) translated into English, the only one of his novels to be treated thus.

2006

June: Has a stroke; is hospitalized

26 October: Dies of pneumonia.