The Kenzaburō Ōe Prize ( ) is a Japanese literary award sponsored by Kodansha ( ) and established in 2006 in memory of two anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of Kodansha's establishment and the 50th anniversary of the writing life of Kenzaburō Ōe ( ). The award is for Japanese literary novels published in the last year. The wining work is selected by Kenzaburō Ōe who is the only judge. The winner receives no cash award, but the winning novel will be translated into other languages such as English, French and German for publication. Kenzaburō Ōe has an open conversation with the winner. Since one of the aims of this award is the promotion of Japanese novels of the younger generation which are the representations of words of the Japanese intellectuals, this prize is awarded to the best novel which contains the best 'literary words' with possibilities and results judged by Ōe. Year Author Japanese title 2007 Yū Nagashima Yūko-chan no Chikamichi English title Yūko's Shortcut The End of the Watashitachi ni Yurusareta Tokubetsu na Jikan no Special Time Allowed to Us Owari 2008 Toshiki Okada Hikari no Mandara, Nihon Bungaku Ron Mandala of Light: on Japanese Literature 2010 Fuminori Nakamura Suri The Thief (tr. Satako Izumo and Stephen Coates) 2011 Tomoyuki Hoshino Ore Ore 2009 2012 2012 Reiji Ando Risa Wataya Kawaisou da ne? Risa Wataya It's Me, It's Me Isn't It a Pity? Kawaisou da ne? Isn't It a Pity?