Matayoshi, Hada win Akutagawa award for literature

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Naoki Matayoshi, a Japanese comedian of the comic duo "Peace," on Thursday night won the 153rd Akutagawa Award for literature for his work "Hibana." The 35-year-old is the first comedian to win the prestigious award, Fuji TV reported.

Matayoshi was a co-winner of the award with 29-year-old Keisuke Hada for "Scrap and Build."

Matayoshi's novel follows the trials and tribulations of two comedians who are best friends, while Hada's work tells the story of young unemployed man who has to look after his grandfather.

The selection committee also announced the winner of the Naoki Prize for fiction -- Akira Higashiyama, 46, for his novel "Ryu."

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Yes, the news is now making national headlines. I always feel that commedians are surprisingly intelligent and have the good sense. I think Matayoshi is one of them. My hats off to Matayoshi for winning the Akutagawa Award this time around. Congratulations!

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