Mystery Writers of Japan Award

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The Mystery Writers of Japan Awards (日本推理作家協会賞 Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai Shō?) are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of Japan. They honor the best in crime fiction and critical/biographical work published in the previous year.

MWJ Award for Best Novel winners (1948–1951, 1976–present)[edit]

Year Winner Winning entry Available in English Translation
1 1948 Seishi Yokomizo Honjin Satsujin Jiken (本陣殺人事件?)
2 1949 Ango Sakaguchi Furenzoku Satsujin Jiken (不連続殺人事件?)
3 1950 Akimitsu Takagi Nomen Satsujin Jiken (能面殺人事件?)
4 1951 Udaru Oshita (ja) Ishi no Shita no Kiroku (石の下の記録?)
5th - 28th, see MWJ Award for Best Work
29 1976 No Award Presented
30 1977 No Award Presented
31 1978 Tsumao Awasaka (ja) Midare Karakuri (乱れからくり?)
Shohei Ooka Jiken (事件?)
32 1979 Yoshiaki Hiyama (ja) Sutarin Ansatsu Keikaku (スターリン暗殺計画?)
Shin Tendo (ja) Dai Yukai (大誘拐?)
33 1980 No Award Presented
34 1981 Kyotaro Nishimura Taminaru Satsujin Jiken (終着駅殺人事件?)
35 1982 Masaki Tsuji Arisu no Kuni no Satsujin (アリスの国の殺人?)
36 1983 Koshi Kurumizawa Tenzan o Koete (天山を越えて?)
37 1984 Ichiro Kano (ja) Hokku shi no Ikyo no Boken (ホック氏の異郷の冒険?)
38 1985 Kenzo Kitakata Kawaki no Machi (渇きの街?)
Hiroko Minagawa Kabe Tabishibai Satsujin Jiken (壁・旅芝居殺人事件?)
39 1986 Futari Okajima (ja) Chokoreto Gemu (チョコレートゲーム?)
Tatsuo Shimizu (ja) Somuite Kokyo (背いて故郷?)
40 1987 Go Osaka Kadisu no Akai Hoshi (カディスの赤い星?) The Red Star of Cadiz
Katsuhiko Takahashi Hokusai Satsujin Jiken (北斎殺人事件?)
41 1988 Kenji Kosugi (ja) Kizuna (?)
42 1989 Yoichi Funado Densetsu Naki Chi (伝説なき地?)
Shunzo Waku (ja) Ugetsuso Satsujin Jiken (雨月荘殺人事件?)
43 1990 Joh Sasaki Etorofu hatsu Kinkyuden (エトロフ発緊急電?)
44 1991 Arimasa Osawa Shinjukuzame (新宿鮫?) Shinjuku Shark
45 1992 Yukito Ayatsuji Tokeikan no Satsujin (時計館の殺人?)
Miyuki Miyabe Ryu wa Nemuru (龍は眠る?) The Sleeping Dragon
46 1993 Kaoru Takamura (ja) Riviera o Ute (リヴィエラを撃て?)
47 1994 Ramo Nakajima Gadara no Buta (ガダラの豚?)
48 1995 Yoshinaga Fujita Kotetsu no Kishi (鋼鉄の騎士?)
Ichi Orihara (ja) Chimmoku no Kyoshitsu (沈黙の教室?)
49 1996 Natsuhiko Kyogoku Mōryō no Hako (魍魎の匣?)
Katsufumi Umehara (ja) Soriton no Akuma (ソリトンの悪魔?)
50 1997 Yuichi Shimpo (ja) Dasshu (奪取?)
51 1998 Seishu Hase Rekuiemu Fuyajo 2 (鎮魂歌 不夜城II?)
Natsuo Kirino Auto (OUT?) Out
52 1999 Ryoichi Kano (ja) Maboroshi no Onna (幻の女?)
Keigo Higashino Himitsu (秘密?) Naoko
53 2000 Harutoshi Fukui (ja) Bokoku no Ijisu (亡国のイージス?)
Arata Tendo (ja) Eien no Ko (永遠の仔?) [1]
54 2001 Naomi Azuma (ja) Zanko (残光?)
Hiroe Suga Eien no Mori (永遠の森?)
55 2002 Hideo Furukawa (ja) Arabia no Yoru no Shuzoku (アラビアの夜の種族?) [2]
Masaki Yamada Misuteri Opera (ミステリ・オペラ?)
56 2003 Alice Arisugawa Mare Tetsudo no Nazo (マレー鉄道の謎?)
Mitsufumi Asagure (ja) Ishi no Naka no Kumo (石の中の蜘蛛?)
57 2004 Ryosuke Kakine (ja) Wairudo Souru (ワイルド・ソウル?) [3]
Shogo Utano (ja) Hazakura no Kisetsu ni Kimi o Omou to iu Koto (葉桜の季節に君を想うということ?) [4]
58 2005 Yusuke Kishi Garasu no Hamma (硝子のハンマー?) [5]
Atsunori Tomatsu (ja) Ken to Bara no Natsu (剣と薔薇の夏?) [6]
59 2006 Riku Onda (ja) Yujinia (ユージニア?) [7]
60 2007 Kazuki Sakuraba Akakuchibake no Densetsu (赤朽葉家の伝説?) Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas
61 2008 Bin Konno (ja) Kadan Impeisosa 2 (果断 隠蔽捜査2?) [8]
62 2009 Shusuke Michio (ja) Karasu no Oyayubi (カラスの親指?)
Koji Yanagi Joka Gemu (ジョーカー・ゲーム?) [9]
63 2010 Ko Amemura (ja) Nemmaku Tokage (粘膜蜥蜴?) [10]
Tokuro Nukui (ja) Ranhansha (乱反射?) [11]
64 2011 Yutaka Maya (ja) Sekigan no Shojo (隻眼の少女?) [12]
Honobu Yonezawa Oreta Ryukotsu (折れた竜骨?) [13]
65 2012 Kazuaki Takano Jenosaido (ジェノサイド?) Genocide of One
66 2013 Muneki Yamada (ja) Hyakunen Ho (百年法?)
67 2014 Kotaro Tsunekawa (ja) Kin'iro Kikai (金色機械?)
68 2015 Ryoe Tsukimura (ja) Dobaku no Hana (土漠の花?)
Kazuma Hayami (ja) Inosento Deizu [Innocent Days] (イノセント・デイズ?)

MWJ Award for Best Short Story winners (1948–1951, 1976–present)[edit]

Year Winner Winning entry Available in English Translation
1 1948 Takataro Kigi (ja) Shingetsu (新月?)
2 1949 Futaro Yamada Ganchu no Akuma (眼中の悪魔?), Kyozo Inraku (虚像淫楽?)
3 1950 Sunao Otsubo (ja) Rinchi (私刑?), Nehan Yuki (涅槃雪?), Hokuro (黒子?)
4 1951 Kazuo Shimada (ja) Shakaibu Kisha (社会部記者?), Fusen Ma (風船魔?)
5th - 28th, see MWJ Award for Best Work
29 1976 Yasuji Toita (ja) Gurinsha no Kodomo (グリーン車の子供?)
30 1977 Eitaro Ishizawa (ja) Shisen (視線?)
31 1978 No Award Presented
32 1979 Takashi Atoda (ja) Raihosha (来訪者?) "The Visitor" (EQMM December 1988)
33 1980 No Award Presented
34 1981 Etsuko Niki (ja) Akai Neko (赤い猫?)
Mikihiko Renjo Modorigawa Shinju (戻り川心中?)
35 1982 Keisuke Kusaka (ja) Uguisu o Yobu Shonen (鶯を呼ぶ少年?), Ki ni Noboru Inu (木に登る犬?)
36 1983 No Award Presented
37 1984 Ro Tomono (ja) Kizutsuita Yaju (傷ついた野獣?) (Short Stories)
38 1985 No Award Presented
39 1986 No Award Presented
40 1987 No Award Presented
41 1988 No Award Presented
42 1989 Mariko Koike (ja) Tsuma no Onna Tomodachi (妻の女友達?)
43 1990 No Award Presented
44 1991 Kaoru Kitamura Yoru no Semi (夜の蝉?) (Short Stories)
45 1992 No Award Presented
46 1993 No Award Presented
47 1994 Jun Saito (ja) Ru Jitan (ル・ジタン?)
Kiichiro Suzuki (ja) Mendo Mite Ageru ne (めんどうみてあげるね?)
48 1995 Tomoko Kano (ja) Garasu no Kirin (ガラスの麒麟?)
Masaya Yamaguchi (ja) Nihon Satsujin Jiken (日本殺人事件?) (Short Stories)
49 1996 Hiroyuki Kurokawa (ja) Kaunto Puran (カウント・プラン?)
50 1997 No Award Presented
51 1998 No Award Presented
52 1999 Ko Kitamori (ja) Hana no Moto nite Haru Shinan (花の下にて春死なむ?) (Short Stories)
53 2000 Hideo Yokoyama Doki (動機?) "Motive" (EQMM May 2008)
54 2001 No Award Presented
55 2002 Yuri Mitsuhara (ja) Juhachi no Natsu (十八の夏?) "Eighteenth Summer" (EQMM December 2004)
Rintaro Norizuki Toshi Densetsu Pazuru (都市伝説パズル?) "An Urban Legend Puzzle" (EQMM January 2004)
56 2003 No Award Presented
57 2004 Kotaro Isaka Shinigami no Seido (死神の精度?) "The Precision of the Agent of Death" (EQMM July 2006)
58 2005 No Award Presented
59 2006 Yumeaki Hirayama (ja) Dokuhakusuru Yunibasaru Yoko Merukatoru (独白するユニバーサル横メルカトル?) "Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection" (Hanzai Japan, 2015)
60 2007 No Award Presented
61 2008 Hiroki Nagaoka (ja) Kataegiki (傍聞き?) "Heard at One Remove" (EQMM February 2010)
62 2009 Keisuke Sone (ja) Nettaiya (熱帯夜?)
Hirofumi Tanaka (ja) Shibui Yume (渋い夢?)
63 2010 Yoshiaki Ando (ja) Zuikan (随監?)
64 2011 Reiichiro Fukami (ja) Ningen no Songen to Happyaku Metoru (人間の尊厳と八〇〇メートル?)
65 2012 Kanae Minato Bokyo, Umi no Hoshi (望郷、海の星?)
66 2013 Nanami Wakatake (ja) Kurai Etsuryu (暗い越流?)
67 2014 No Award Presented
68 2015 No Award Presented

MWJ Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work winners (1976–present)[edit]

Year Winner Winning entry Available in English Translation
29 1976 Manji Gonda (ja) Nihon Tantei Sakka Ron (日本探偵作家論?)
(Studies on Japanese detective fiction writers)
30 1977 Masao Yamamura (ja) Waga Kaikyuteki Tantei Sakka Ron (わが懐旧的探偵作家論?)
(Studies on Japanese detective fiction writers)
31 1978 Amehiko Aoki (ja) Kagai Jugyo: Misuteri ni okeru Otoko to Onna no Kenkyu (課外授業 ミステリにおける男と女の研究?)
(Essay)
Takashi Ishikawa (ja) SF no Jidai (SFの時代?)
(Studies on Japanese science fiction)
32 1979 Jinichi Uekusa (ja) Misuteri no Genko wa Yonaka ni Tetsuya de Kako (ミステリの原稿は夜中に徹夜で書こう?)
(Essay)
33 1980 No Award Presented
34 1981 Eisuke Nakazono Yami no Kanibaru: Supai Misuteri e no Shotai (闇のカーニバル スパイ・ミステリィへの招待?)
(Studies on Spy fiction)
35 1982 No Award Presented
36 1983 No Award Presented
37 1984 No Award Presented
38 1985 Iwao Matsuyama (ja) Rampo to Tokyo: 1920 Toshi no Kao (乱歩と東京 1920都市の貌?)
(Studies on Edogawa Rampo)
Minoru Sase (ja) Kinzoku Batto Satsujin Jiken (金属バット殺人事件?)
(Crime report)
39 1986 Yoshio Matsumura (ja) Kaito Tai Meitantei: Furansu Misuteri no Rekishi (怪盗対名探偵 フランス・ミステリーの歴史?)
(Studies on French Crime fiction)
40 1987 Hideo Ito (ja) Meiji no Tantei Shosetsu (明治の探偵小説?)
(Studies on Japanese detective fiction of the Meiji period)
41 1988 No Award Presented
42 1989 Akira Naoi (ja) 87bunsho Gurafiti: Ed McBain no Sekai (87分署グラフィティ エド・マクベインの世界?)
(Studies on 87th Precinct)
43 1990 Shunsuke Tsurumi Yumeno Kyūsaku: Meikyu no Junin (夢野久作 迷宮の住人?)
(Studies on Yumeno Kyūsaku)
44 1991 Ro Takenaka Hyakkai Waga Harawata ni Iru: Eitaro Takenaka Sakuhin-fu (百怪、我ガ腸ニ入ル 竹中英太郎作品譜?)
(Studies on Eitaro Takenaka (ja))
Takao Tokuoka (ja) Yokohama Yamanote no Dekigoto (横浜・山手の出来事?)
(Crime report)
45 1992 Rokusuke Nozaki (ja) Hokubei Tantei Shosetsu Ron (北米探偵小説論?)
(Studies on North American detective fiction)
46 1993 Fumichika Hasebe (ja) Obei Suiri Shosetsu Hon'yakushi (欧米推理小説翻訳史?)
(Studies on the history of translations of European and American crime fiction into Japanese)
Shinji Hata (ja) Bunsei 11nen no Supaigassen (文政十一年のスパイ合戦?)
(Studies on Siebold Incident)
47 1994 Jiro Kitagami (ja) Boken Shosetsu Ron: Kindai Hiro Zo 100nen no Hensen (冒険小説論 近代ヒーロー像100年の変遷?)
(Studies on Adventure novel)
48 1995 Saburo Kagami (ja) Chandler Jinbutsu Jiten (チャンドラー人物事典?)
(Dictionary of characters of Raymond Chandler)
49 1996 No Award Presented
50 1997 Kyodo News Shakaibu Chimmoku no Fairu: Ryūzō Sejima towa Nandattanoka (沈黙のファイル 「瀬島龍三」とは何だったのか?)
(Studies on Ryūzō Sejima)
51 1998 Kiyoshi Kasai (ja) Honkaku Misuteri no Genzai (本格ミステリの現在?)
(Studies on honkaku Mystery)
Kenji Kazama (ja) Hora Shosetsu Daizen (ホラー小説大全?)
(Studies on Horror fiction)
52 1999 Hidetoshi Mori (ja) Sekai Misuteri Sakka Jiten Honkaku ha Hen (世界ミステリ作家事典[本格派篇]?)
(Dictionary of mystery writers)
53 2000 Hideki Kobayashi Gohho no Yuigon (ゴッホの遺言?)
(Studies on Vincent van Gogh)
54 2001 Takayuki Ikegami (ja) 20seiki Boken Shosetsu Dokuhon Nihon hen Kaigai hen (20世紀冒険小説読本[日本篇][海外篇]?)
(Studies on Adventure novel)
Michio Tsuzuki (ja) Suiri Sakka no Dekiru made (推理作家の出来るまで?)
(Essay)
55 2002 No Award Presented
56 2003 Hirohisa Shimpo (ja)
Yuzuru Yamamae (ja)
Gen'ei no Kura (幻影の蔵?)
(Studies on Edogawa Rampo)
57 2004 Akiyuki Sengai (ja) Minamo no Seiza Minasoko no Hoseki (水面の星座 水底の宝石?)
(Studies on honkaku Mystery)
Shigeharu Tada (ja) Yumeno Kyūsaku Dokuhon (夢野久作読本?)
(Studies on Yumeno Kyūsaku)
58 2005 Kotaro Hidaka (ja) Fujichaku (不時着?)
(Studies on Kamikaze)
59 2006 Hiroshi Gohara (ja) Seicho Matsumoto Jiten Kettei ban (松本清張事典 決定版?)
(Studies on Seicho Matsumoto)
Tetsutaka Shibata (ja) Shimoyama Jiken Saigo no Shogen (下山事件 最後の証言?)
(Studies on Shimoyama incident)
60 2007 Nobumitsu Kodaka (ja) Watashi no Hadoboirudo Katayude Tamago no Sengo Shi (私のハードボイルド 固茹で玉子の戦後史?)
(Studies on Hardboiled)
Masaaki Tatsumi (ja) Ronri no Kumo no Su no Naka de (論理の蜘蛛の巣の中で?)
(Studies on honkaku Mystery)
61 2008 Junichiro Kida (ja) Genso to Kaiki no Jidai (幻想と怪奇の時代?)
(Studies on Horror fiction)
Hazuki Saisho (ja) Shinichi Hoshi 1001wa o Tsukutta Hito (星新一 一〇〇一話をつくった人?)
(Studies on Shinichi Hoshi)
62 2009 Toshiaki Endo (ja) Nazo no Kaizodo: Webu Jidai no Honkaku Misuteri (「謎」の解像度 ウェブ時代の本格ミステリ?)
(Studies on honkaku Mystery)
Yuichiro Kurihara (ja) Tosaku no Bungaku Shi: Shijo Media Chosakuken (〈盗作〉の文学史 市場・メディア・著作権?)
(Studies on the history of Plagiarism)
63 2010 Kentaro Komori (ja) Eibungaku no Chika Suimyaku: Koten Misuteri Kenkyu Ruiko Kuroiwa (ja) Hon'an Genten kara Queen made
(英文学の地下水脈 古典ミステリ研究 黒岩涙香翻案原典からクイーンまで?)
(Studies on classical detective fiction)
64 2011 Masao Higashi (ja) Tono Monogatari to Kaidan no Jidai (遠野物語と怪談の時代?)
(Studies on The Legends of Tono)
65 2012 Junya Yokota (ja) Kindai Nihon Kiso Shosetsu Shi: Meiji hen (近代日本奇想小説史 明治篇?)
66 2013 Koichi Suwabe (ja) Maruta no Taka Kogi (『マルタの鷹』 講義?)
(Studies on The Maltese Falcon)
67 2014 Kiyoshi Shimizu (ja) Satsujinhan wa Soko ni Iru (殺人犯はそこにいる?)
Motoi Taniguchi (ja) Henkaku Tantei Shosetsu Nyumon (変格探偵小説入門?)
(Studies on unorthodox detective fiction)
68 2015 Masahiko Kikuni Hondana Tantei Saigo no Aisatsu (本棚探偵最後の挨拶?)
Aoi Shimotsuki Agasa Kurisuti Kanzen Koryaku (アガサ・クリスティー完全攻略?)
(lit. The Definitive Guide to Agatha Christie)

MWJ Award for Best Work winners (1952–1975)[edit]

Year Winner Winning entry Available in English Translation
5 1952 Jun Mizutani (ja) Aru Ketto (ある決闘?) Short Story
EDOGAWA Rampo Gen'ei-jo (幻影城?) Critical Essay
6 1953 No Award Presented
7 1954 No Award Presented
8 1955 Sango Nagase Baikoku-do (売国奴?) Short Story
9 1956 Jokichi Hikage (ja) Kitsune no Tori (狐の鶏?) Short Story
10 1957 Seicho Matsumoto Kao (?) Short Stories
11 1958 Kikuo Tsunoda (ja) Fue Fukeba Hito ga Shinu (笛吹けば人が死ぬ?) Short Story
12 1959 Yorichika Arima (ja) Yommannin no Mokugekisha (四万人の目撃者?) Novel
13 1960 Tetsuya Ayukawa Zoo no Kaseki (憎悪の化石?), Kuroi Hakucho (黒い白鳥?) Novel
14 1961 Tsutomu Minakami Umi no Kiba (海の牙?) Novel
Saho Sasazawa (ja) Hitokui (人喰い?) Novel
15 1962 Takashi Asuka (ja) Hosoi Akai Ito (細い赤い糸?) Novel
16 1963 Takao Tsuchiya (ja) Kage no Kokuhatsu (影の告発?) Novel
17 1964 Tensei Kono Satsui to iu Na no Kachiku (殺意という名の家畜?) Novel
Shoji Yuki (ja) Yoru no Owaru Toki (夜の終る時?) Novel
18 1965 Yo Sano (ja) Kareinaru Shubun (華麗なる醜聞?) Novel
19 1966 Kawataro Nakajima Suiri Shosetsu Tembo (推理小説展望?) Critical Essay
20 1967 Toru Miyoshi (ja) Fujin Chitai (風塵地帯?) Novel
21 1968 Shinichi Hoshi Moso Ginko (妄想銀行?) and his past achievement Short Stories
22 1969 No Award Presented
23 1970 CHIN Shunshin Gyokurei yo Futatabi (玉嶺よふたたび?), Kujaku no Michi (孔雀の道?) Novel
24 1971 No Award Presented
25 1972 No Award Presented
26 1973 Shizuko Natsuki (ja) Johatsu: Aru Ai no Owari (蒸発 ある愛の終わり?) Novel
Seiichi Morimura Fushoku no Kozo (腐食の構造?) Novel
27 1974 Sakyo Komatsu Nippon Chimbotsu (日本沈没?) Novel Japan Sinks
28 1975 Ikko Shimizu (ja) Domyaku Retto (動脈列島?) Novel

Nominees available in English translation[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • MWJ Award for new face
  • MWJ Award for encouragement

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Suekuni, Yoshimi (2000), "Nihon Suiri Sakka Kyōkai Shō". Nihon Misuteri Jiten(日本ミステリー事典), Shinchosha, Tokyo

External links[edit]