July 26, 1939|
Mizuhashi, Toyama Prefecture, Japan
|Died||September 21, 2011
|Notable work(s)||Otoko-tachi no Yamato
Shūyōjo kara Kita Isho
Jun Henmi (辺見 じゅん Henmi Jun?, July 26, 1939 – September 21, 2011), real name Mayumi Shimizu (清水 眞弓 Shimizu Mayumi?), was a Japanese writer and poet born in Mizuhashi (now part of Toyama City), Toyama Prefecture, Japan. She was known for her works of fiction and nonfiction about people affected by World War II. Henmi was the daughter of Gen'yoshi Kadokawa, founder of publisher Kadokawa Shoten and the older sister of Haruki Kadokawa.
Henmi won the Nitta Jirō Culture Prize in 1984 for her 1983 book Yamato: The Last Battle (男たちの大和 Otoko-tachi no Yamato?, lit. Yamato of Men), about crew members of the Japanese battleship Yamato and their final voyage during Operation Ten-Go. The book was later made into a 2005 movie under the same title. Henmi also won two nonfiction literary awards for her 1989 work Farewell Notes from a Prison Camp (収容所から来た遺書 Shūyōjo kara Kita Isho?) about notes received 10 years after World War II by the family of a man who died in a Russian prison camp in Siberia.
Henmi died on September 21, 2011, after collapsing in her home in a Tokyo suburb. She was 72 years old.
- "作家で歌人の辺見じゅんさん死去 「男たちの大和」の作家" [Writer and poet Jun Henmi dies - Author of Otokotachi no Yamato] (in Japanese). MSN Sankei News. September 22, 2011. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011.
- Kyodo News, "War fiction author Henmi dies at 72", Japan Times, September 23, 2011, p. 2.
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