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Leading translator of Japan texts dies
TOKYO, Japan
Edward Seidensticker, a leading scholar and translator of Japanese literature including the epic "Tale of Genji," has died in Tokyo. He was 86. Seidensticker died Sunday after slipping into a coma, said Tetsumi Yamaguchi, a longtime associate and care-giver.
A native of Colorado, Seidensticker introduced English-speaking audiences to modern literary great Yasunari Kawabata, who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature for his austere, subtle prose in "Snow Country" and other works.
Seidensticker received the National Book Award for Translation in 1971 for his work on another Kawabata novel, "The Sound of the Mountain." Seidensticker is also remembered for his translations of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" and the lively prose detailing lives of Japanese women in Junichiro Tanizaki's "The Makioka Sisters." But he was most widely recognized for his literary translation of "The Tale of Genji," an 11th century epic by the courtesan Murasaki Shikibu.
"He did more to make Japanese people appear human to foreigners than all of Japan's public diplomacy combined," said Andrew Horvat, a Japanese literature professor at Tokyo Keizai University.
Cholera kills 70
BHUBANESWAR, India
A cholera outbreak has killed up to 70 people after heavy rains caused flooding and unsafe sanitary conditions in eastern India's Orissa state, an official said.
"An outbreak of cholera ... has claimed seventy lives so far. All the deaths have occurred within the span of the last one month," Chinmoy Basu, a senior official in Orissa's health and family welfare department, told reporters late Monday.
Medical teams have been sent to the affected areas and the situation is now under control, Basu said.
The affected districts, Rayagara and Koraput, are about 390 and 500 kilometers southwest of the Orissa state capital, Bhubaneswar.
Floods kill over 1,100
BEIJING, China
Stronger relief efforts helped limit damage and loss of life from droughts and flooding in China this summer, but floods still killed more than 1,100 people, officials said yesterday.
Torrential rain has inundated large swathes of China's east, south and southwest since June despite a smaller number of typhoons and tropical storms so far this year, while a prolonged heatwave and drought have afflicted several eastern provinces.
The flood death toll of 1,138, last updated on Monday, was down about 50 percent from the average for the same period of previous years, China Vice Minister of Water Resources E Jingping said.
Caver rescued
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
A New Zealand cave explorer injured in a rock slide was carried to safety yesterday after a three-day rescue, and said he had realized he would die if his friends couldn't get him to the surface.
Michael Brewer, 47, broke his pelvis and suffered head injuries Saturday in the Middle Earth cave system on New Zealand's South Island. His climbing partners said they were almost 3 kilometers from the cave's entrance and 400 meters underground when falling rocks caught Brewer.
Two of his partners spent six hours climbing out to raise the alarm, while one stayed behind with Brewer. A team of 50 rescuers hauled him back to the surface.


Updated : 2021-05-06 06:15 GMT+08:00