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Morningsider Wins 1st Place In Japanese Literature Translation Competition!

March 1, 2016

The Morningside Team would like to congratulate one of our colleagues on a very impressive achievement!  Sam Bett, Morningside’s Senior Japanese Project Manager and all-around Japanese-language aficionado, has been awarded First Place in the Japanese Literature Publishing Project’s (JLPP) International Translation Competition.

The JLPP is a division of the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs that was established in 2002 to broaden the international readership of Japanese literature. Sam is the first American translator to win this prize – quite an accomplishment. As the first place winner, he will be travelling to Japan next week to attend a formal awards ceremony and to partake in a variety of literary events, including a translation symposium featuring the judges of the competition and the authors whose work he translated.

For those of you interested in reading Sam’s prize-winning translations, you can check them out here:

Essay: “Runs from Scissors” by Toshiyuki Horie

Short Story: “A Peddler of Tears” by Yoko Ogawa

We are very proud of him – congratulations Sam!