Sakyo Komatsu

Japanese writer
In this Japanese name, the family name is Komatsu.

Sakyō Komatsu (小松左京, Komatsu Sakyō, Jan. 28, 1931 - July 26, 2011) was a Japanese novelist and science fiction writer. He is best known for a 1973 book, Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu).[1]

Sakyo Komatsu
BornMinoru Komatsu
(1931-01-28)January 28, 1931
Osaka, Japan
DiedJuly 26, 2011(2011-07-26) (aged 80)
Minoh, Osaka, Japan
Alma materKyoto University
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksJapan Sinks
Notable awards1985 Nihon SF Taisho Award

Early lifeEdit

Komatsu was born in Osaka. In 1954, he earned a degree in Italian literature at Kyoto University.[1]


Komatsu worked as a magazine editor, a factory foreman and a comedy scriptwriter before he began writing science fiction.[1]

The premise of Komatsu's best known book, Japan Sinks, was confirmed in 2011 when parts of the Sanriku coastline sank more than a meter in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2] In the massive geologic shift, the land mass of the main island of Japan sank 2.4 centemeters.[3]

Komatsu's most popular book was the basis of a 1973 film, a television series, a 2006 film remake,[4] and a DVD.[5]

Selected worksEdit

In an overview of writings by and about Sakyo Komatsu, OCLC/WorldCat includes roughly 380+ works in 520+ publications in 14 languages and 1,520 library holdings.[6]

  • 日本沈没 (1959)
  • Peace on Earth (1961)[1]
  • 地球になった男 (1971)
  • Japan Sinks (日本沈没, Nihon Chinbotsu) (1973)[1]
  • 現代の神話 (1973)
  • 歴史と文明の旅 (1973)
  • Virus ([復活の日 Fukkatsu no hi] Error: {{nihongo}}: text has italic markup (help)) (1974)
  • 戦争はなかった (1974)
  • 果てしなき流れの果に (1976)
  • 日本文化の死角 (1977)
  • 物体O (1977 )
  • アメリカの壁 (1978)
  • Nihilistic Corridor (1999)[1]
  • 小松左京自伝: 実存を求めて (2008)


Shortly before his death, Komatsu wrote, "I had thought I wouldn’t mind dying any day, but now I’m feeling like living a little bit longer and seeing how Japan will go on hereafter."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Hevesi, Dennis. "Sakyo Komatsu, 80, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 80," New York Times. August 10, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21.
  2. "High Tides Inundate Sunken Towns: March 11 earthquake caused some places to drop by 1.2 meters," Japan Times. May 11, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21. (Archived by WebCite)
  3. "Japan sinks 2.4 cm after March 11 quake," Asahi Shimbun. October 20, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-21. (Archived by WebCite)
  4. Toho Kingdom, Japan Sinks; retrieved 2011-10-21.
  5. Shinji, Higuchi et al. (2007). Sinking of Japan (DVD); retrieved 2011-10-21.
  6. WorldCat Identities: 小松左京

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