Otaro Maijo (1973– ) is a novelist from Fukui, where most of his stories take place. He debuted with his mystery novel Kemuri ka tsuchi ka kuimono (Smoke, Soil, or Food), with which he won the Mephisto Prize. He started writing literary fiction with Kuma no basho (Place of the Bear), which was nominated for the Mishima Yukio Prize. Then in 2003, he won the Mishima Yukio Prize for Asura Girl.
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