The Kawabata Yasunari Prize for Literature (Kawabata Yasunari bungaku sho) was established in 1973 by the Kawabata Yasunari Memorial Association to honor Japan’s first Nobel Prize–winning novelist. The Nobel Prize award money is used to finance the Kawabata Prize, which is presented annually to the year’s most accomplished work of short fiction. The winner receives a certificate, a commemorative gift, and a cash award of one million yen. Notable recipients include Minakami Tsutomu, Yasuoka Shotaro, and Sata Ineko.

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