The-trial-court-convicted-Akasegawa-in-June-of-1967;-the-Tokyo-Higher-Court-
denied-his-first-appeal-in-November-of-1968,-and-the-Second-Petty-Bench-
of-the-Supreme-Court-issued-the-final-denial-that-upheld-his-conviction-in-
April-of-1970.-His-actual-punishment,-a-suspended-sentence,-was-in-a-sense-
minor.-All-of-his-artworks-were-returned-to-him,-with-the-sole-exception-of-
the-printing-plate-for-the-1,000--yen-obverse.1
- Years-later,-in-1979,-as-his-career-as-a-popular-writer-was-taking-off,-Aka-
segawa-won-the-new-fiction-prize-from-the-popular-magazine-Chūō Kōron-for-
his-short-story,-“Hada-zawari”-(Touching-the-Skin).-He-used-the-pen-name-
Otsuji-Katsuhiko.2-As-the-competition’s-judges-did-not-read-the-authors’-per-
sonal-information-before-making-their-decision,-they-were-unaware-of-Aka-
segawa’s-identity-until-after-they-had-selected-his-work-as-their-winner.-Ac-
cording-to-Maruya-Saiichi,-who-adjudicated-the-competition-with-two-other-
noted-authors,-Yoshiyuki-Junnosuke-and-Kōno-Taeko,-this-fact-did-not-shock-
them,-beyond-their-surprise-at-the-stylistic-skill-and-sense-of-unforced-flow-
that-Akasegawa’s-writing-demonstrated.
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