Atsuko Asano (writer)

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Atsuko Asano
Born (1954-09-14) September 14, 1954 (age 63)
Mimasaka-cho, Aida District (now Mimasaka city),
Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Author, novelist
Nationality Japan
Alma mater Aoyama Gakuin University
Period 1991–present
Genre Children's literature, period novel

Atsuko Asano (Japanese: あさの あつこ, Hepburn: Asano Atsuko, born 1954 in Okayama Prefecture[1][2]) is a Japanese writer. She wrote the children's novel series Telepathy Shōjo Ran and the manga series The Manzai Comics.[3] She started writing children's novels when she was in college. She graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University with the Bachelor of Letters degree.[4] After that, she worked as a temporary teacher of the elementary school in Okayama for two years.[5] She published Hotarukan monogatari as her first novel in 1991.[6][1] She is married to a dentist and they have two sons and a daughter.

Asano received the Noma Prize for Juvenile Literature in 1997 for the book series Battery,[1] which has been adapted into a film.[7] The same series won the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award in 2005.[1] Her work frequently appears in literary magazines and she has also been featured in the Mainichi Shimbun.[8]

She is a supporter of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP).[9]



  1. ^ a b c d "Battery(6 volumes)." Japanese Board on Books for Young People. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "「バッテリー 1~6」 あさのあつこさん." Yomiuri Online. February 22, 2005. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Telepathy Shōjo Ran Novels Animated for TV in Japan." Anime News Network. December 26, 2007. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.
  4. ^ バッテリー あさのあつこ. April 2006. Retrieved on October 15, 2009.
  5. ^ 『あさのあつこ完全読本』2005年 河出書房新社
  6. ^ あさのあつこ カドカワード.jp. Retrieved on October 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "バッテリー Archived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.." Variety Japan. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.
  8. ^ ""Take the test for your favorite school". Mainichi Shimbun, February 11, 2009. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.
  9. ^ "だから私は日本共産党/作家/あさのあつこさん – YouTube" (in Japanese). Japanese Communist Party Official Channel – YouTube. April 19, 2012. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 

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