Statue unveiled to mark centennial of novelist Dazai's birth

AOMORI —A ceremony to mark the centennial of the birth of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai was held Friday in his hometown in Aomori Prefecture, during which a full-length bronze statue of the author was unveiled. Several hundred fans and guests attended the ceremony in the city of Goshogawara, including Sonoko Tsushima, the 68-year-old daughter of Dazai (1909-1948), whose real name was Shuji Tsushima, and Aomori Gov Shingo Mimura.

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