Recently, Japan’s 7th Booklog Award winners were officially announced, with the Japanese edition of The Three-Body Problem winning the “Overseas Fiction Department Award” this year. Booklog is Japan’s most influential book review site, somewhat similar to China’s bean petals. The annual list of the Book Logs is voted on by readers and this year’s poll is limited to books published between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. It also suggests, to some extent, that the Japanese edition of The Three-Body Problem is the most popular of all overseas works published in Japan in the past year.
In July 2019, “The Three-Body Problem” was officially released in Japan, and in just one month it sold 110,000 copies, and Liu Cixin went to Japan to support the Japanese version of The Three-Body Problem. Pressed by Japan’s fast-growing “The Three-Body Problem Fan,” Kagawa Plans to Be First In the Year-end Edition of the self-owned sci-fi monthly magazine SF Magazine, “The Three-Body Problem II Dark Forest” is published as a prelude to the “The Three-Body Problem II Dark Forest” for all Three-Body Problem Fans” Christmas gift. The full version of The Three-Body Problem II Dark Forest will be released in Japan in June 2020.
It is worth mentioning that the book on Iwata, the former president of Nintendo, is Iwata. Also in this list of awards, the work contains a lot of Iwata’s quotes and interview content. It also includes some experiences, values, philosophies, business ideas and creative ideas shared by Iwata.