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Japan’s Mieko Kawakami wants to ‘stir things up’

Mieko Kawakami has called out cliched depictions of women by one of her country’s most feted writers, and seen her own bold style attacked by a top politician. But the award-winning Japanese author says she is happy to “stir things up” in her drive to depict the world as she sees it, as well as the experiences of people who might otherwise go unnoticed. And it’s a formula she’s confident readers want. “There is a growing desire to hear the real voices of Asian women,” the 44-year-old told AFP, describing her desire to shed light on a broader sweep of Japanese society. “(My focus) is the voices...

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