Kenjiro Haitani

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Kenjiro Haitani (灰谷 健次郎, Haitani Kenjirō, October 31, 1934 - November 23, 2006) was a Japanese author of children's literature.[1]

He was the author of Usagi no me ("A Rabbit's Eyes")[2] and Taiyo no Ko ("Children of the Sun"), both best-sellers.[3]

Haitani died of esophageal cancer on 23 November 2006, aged 72. According to his wishes, no funeral services were held.[4]


  1. ^ Okiko Miyake, Diane Biesel, Children's Rights in the Multimedia Age Proceedings of the Fourth Pacific Rim Conference on Children's Literature (1997), p. 26
  2. ^ "A Rabbit's Eyes (Paperback)."
  3. ^ Sybille A. Jagusch, Window on Japan: Japanese Children's Books and Television Today (1990), p. 24
  4. ^ The Japan Times, Obituary: Kenjiro Haitani (November 24, 2006)

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