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Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at Japanese university

By Mari Yamaguchi

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Given that Waseda isn't a public library where general readers go to check out books to read (it's a research library), it would most likely be scholars of literature, sociology, history, translation, Japanese studies, etc. I'm not a "fan" or a scholar of his works, but he's made an enormous impact on the world of literature and his works have sold tens of millions of copies in dozens of languages and generated an economic impact that might top a billion dollars. Probably worth an archive at Japan's #1 university for literary research.

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An archive just for his works? C'mon....how self-absorbed can he be? Who would go for serious academic study? It will most likely be fans of his....not really something I think a reputable university should attach itself to. But I may just be grumpy.

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Hehe, Alex... I think you are just being grumpy, but I respect the fact that you say so! I am a fan of his works, so for me it's good to see this development, and I think Waseda will genuinely welcome the move. But I may just be biased :P

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