Fumio Yamamoto

Fumio Yamamoto

Fumio Yamamoto was the author of the Japanese bestselling literary sensation ‘The Dilemmas of Working Women’, a modern classic comprising five novellas about ‘difficult’ women navigating their identities as workers and women in contemporary Japan. The book was published in 2000 and became a feminist touchstone for generations of women in Japan, with over 450,000 copies sold.

Leaving her job at a brokerage firm for a literary career, Fumio Yamamoto’s writing displays a signature blend of humor and piercing social commentary on the place of women in Japanese society. Her book ‘Loveaholic’ (Kadokawa, 1998), a workplace novel about a woman who’s obsessed with her colleague and starts stalking him, put her on the literary map by winning the 1999 Yoshikawa Eiji New Writer’s Prize. After a prolific career as both a novelist and beloved essayist, her final novel, ‘Rotations and Revolutions’ (Shinchōsha, 2020), was awarded both the Shimasei Literature Prize and the Chūo Kōron Prize in 2021. Her journals, offering an intimate portrait of the author dealing with pancreatic cancer, also became hugely popular. In 2021, Yamamoto passed away at the untimely age of 58.

‘The Dilemmas of Working Women’ will be published in English by Virago (UK) and HarperVia (US) in June 2025, 25 years after the book’s first publication, in a translation from Brian Bergstrom. It will be the first time Yamamoto’s work will be translated into English or published outside of Asia.