Haruki Murakami will donate original manuscripts of his works to Waseda University, the novelist said on Nov. 4. Murakami graduated from the Tokyo university in 1975.
The donation “is a very important thing for me, so I thought I should explain clearly” by holding a news conference, said Murakami, 69. “I don’t have any children, and it would cause trouble for me if those materials became scattered or lost.” It was his first news conference in Japan in 37 years.
Murakami said he will also donate translations of his books and a large collection of music records. Murakami has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Waseda hopes to set up an international study center featuring the author’s works. It also plans to make a space that will look like a study, with bookshelves and records.
“I hope (the center) will be something that promotes cultural exchange,” Murakami said. (Kyodo, The Japan Times)