Posted on June 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Some readers prefer that their authors not take strong stances on non-literary issues.

That said, we think Haruki Murakami's public statements won't ruffle too many feathers.

The Associated Press reports that the Japanese novelist has added his voice to opposition to a proposed skyscraper development in a Tokyo park district.

Murakami's favorite jogging path and the baseball stadium where he was inspired to become a writer are slated to be torn down, in the plan that opponents say lacks transparency and environmental concern.

"Once something is destroyed, it can never be restored," he said on his Sunday radio show.

Murakami — whose works include Killing CommendatoreNorwegian Wood, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle — has won a number of prizes worldwide, and his work has been translated into over fifty languages.

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