University library to bear name of novelist Haruki Murakami

Waseda University in Japan is set to launch a new facility bearing the name of internationally acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami next month with an aim to turn it into a research hub of literature and culture, writes Kazuaki Nagata for The Japan Times.

The university will open the Waseda International House of Literature, nicknamed the Haruki Murakami Library, on 1 October at its campus in Tokyo.

During a news conference to announce the opening of the facility, Murakami, a graduate of Waseda, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, expressed hope that “the library will become a new place [for students] to convey culture”. It’s important for students to learn from professors, he said, but he also wants them to use the facility “to pitch their ideas and actually start something concrete”. Full report on The Japan Times site