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Kanbe Musashi

Entry updated 7 April 2021. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Jun Sakagami (1948-    ), Japanese author and sometime Radio host whose work often crosses over into the absurd. A graduate in Sociology from the Kansai Academy, he went to work in advertising after college. His short story debut "Kessen: Nippon Series" ["Battle: Japan Series"] (January 1975 S-F Magazine) was a Satire in which the sporting rivalry between two Baseball teams is taken to violent extremes. He became a contributor to Yasutaka Tsutsui's fanzine Neo Null the following year, and soon became a full-time author, heavily influenced not only by Tsutsui but also by other Japanese writers, unlike his elders, who were more often influenced by American authors in translation.

He won a Seiun Award for his first novel Saikoro Tokkōtai ["Dice Commando"] (1976), which lampooned the use of risk assessment in crisis management. Many other books satirize corporate decision-making and Newspeak, including the short stories of Junkai Sennōban ["Roving Brainwash Squad"] (coll 1983) and his book of religious essays Rikutsu wa Rikutsu, Kami wa Kami ["Theory is Theory, God is God"] (coll 2005)

In the twenty-first century, his output slowed to occasional books for the children's and Young Adult markets as he devoted his time to appearances on a radio talk-show that aired every weekday. His Miracle Sannen, Kaki Hachinen ["Three Years' Miracles, Eight Years' Persimmons"] (2010) chronicles his experience of juggling a writer's life with the demands of rolling news and media celebrity. [JonC]

Jun Sakagami

born Kanazawa, Japan: 16 January 1948



  • Kessen: Nippon Series ["Battle: Japan Series"] (Tokyo: Hayakawa Shobō, 1976) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Ore wa Rommel ["I Am Rommel"] (Tokyo: Inner Trip-sha, 1976) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Potlatch Senshi ["Potlatch War Chronicle"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1977) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Tateuri Jūtaku Onsenkyō ["Prefabricated Hot Spring Glade"] (Tokyo: Bungei Shunjū, 1977) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Isōrō Ushimatsu ["Dealing with Flamboyant Freeloaders"] (Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1978) [coll of linked stories: binding unknown/]
  • Uchū no Botchan ["Master from Space"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1978) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Suiso Seisohō ["Principles of Hydrogenation"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1978) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Shacho Chokusoku Zokugekika ["Supervisory Office Attack Section"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1979) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Spy no Uchimaku ["Spy's Lowdown"] (Tokyo: Jitsugyō no Nippon-sha, 1979) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Shūchūkōgi ["Intensive Lecture Series"] (Tokyo: Bungei Shunjū, 1980) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Bergonzoli Senban ["The Bergonzoli Lathe"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1980) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Gen'uo Yonechi ["Raw Fish Yonechi"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1981) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • SF Kaidō Futaritabi ["Two Travellers on an SF Road Trip"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1981) with Akira Hori [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Kanchigai Heikobo ["Misunderstood Reticent Boy"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1982) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Junkai Sennōban ["Roving Brainwash Squad"] (Tokyo: Chūō Kōron-sha, 1983) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Bōsō Tokkyū ["Runaway Express"] (Tokyo: Chūō Kōron-sha, 1988) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Jikū Ichibiri Hyakkei ["One Hundred Joking Views of Space-Time"] (Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha, 1989) with Akira Hori [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Yūran Hikō ["Sightseeing Aviation"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1990) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Torokko ["Truck"] (Tokyo: Shuppan Geijutsusha, 1994) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Hitorioki Hannin ["One of Every Criminal"] (Tokyo: Kōbunsha, 1996) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Hyaku no Me no Kagayaku ["The Blinking of A Hundred Eyes"] (Tokyo: Kōbunsha Bunko, 1996) [coll: pb/]


  • Musashi Kanbe Ki ["Records of Musashi Kanbe"] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1978) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
    • Uegahara: Bakushō Daigaku ["Uegahara: LOL University"] (Tokyo: Hugh Magazine, 1998) [nonfiction: coll: exp of the above: binding unknown/]
  • Musashi Sōsasen ["Musashi Scanlines"] (Tokyo: Kisōtengaisha, 1979) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
  • Musashi Katagankyō ["Musashi Monocle"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1981) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
  • Hirameki Gijutsu ["Inspiring Technologies"] (Tokyo: Kōbunsha, 1983) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
  • Futagosaurus no Shūrai ["Invasion of the Twinsaurus"] (Tokyo: Chūō Kōron-sha, 1995) [nonfiction: binding unknown/]
  • Rikutsu wa Rikutsu, Kami wa Kami ["Theory is Theory, God is God"] (Tokyo: Kōdansha, 2005) [nonfiction: coll: binding unknown/]
  • Miracle Sannen, Kaki Hachinen ["Three Years' Miracles, Eight Years' Persimmons"] (Tokyo: Shōgakukan, 2010) [nonfiction: binding unknown/]


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