Inside Japan: Writers to follow on Twitter

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Yukiko Konosu Tweets about Japan Earthquake

The image shows a conversation that Sampsonia Way has been having with Yukiko Konosu since last Friday, when the devastating earthquake hit Japan.

Konosu is a literary critic and translator of more than sixty books, which include J.M.Coetzee’s Disgrace and Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. She translated Maxine Case’s Homing Pigeons to Japanese and shared it with our magazine. She lives in Tokyo.

Konosu has been updating Sampsonia Way via twitter giving us her first impressions of the earthquake, the situation of the reactors at the nuclear power plant, and the organized blackouts, among other topics.

We present her twitter name and others of writers living and tweeting in Japan and invite you to follow them. Feel free to add names to this list.

Joshua “Jake” Adelstein is a journalist and writer who has spent much of his career in Japan covering vice and organized crime.

Matt Alt is a Writer and translator. As a writer he has extensive published work both online and in print media, including the magazines CNNgo, ToyFare, Anime Invasion, Otaku USA, the Discovery Channel Magazine, and Wired. Alt is also Co-author of four books.

Ashley Thompson is Founder and Writer at Surviving in Japan, a website devoted to helping other expats survive and thrive in Japan.

Christopher Belton is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and a Japanese/English translator working from Yokohama, Japan. Belton has published close to 50 books as an author, more than 70 as a translator, and is well-known in Japan for his contributions to literature, English learning and the publishing industry.

About the Author

Silvia Duarte is the managing editor of Sampsonia Way. She received her degree in Communication Sciences from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and her masters in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Duarte was editor of El Periódico de Guatemala’s Sunday magazine from 2001 to 2006 and has written scholarly and journalistic articles in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her partner writer-in-exile Horacio Castellanos.

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  • Thank you for the support. I was labelled an alarmist early on in this crisis but I felt I had to share what information was coming in to me, rather than just staying silent and hoping for the best. I think it was the right decision.