Mizushima gives up Y20 mil award after winning literature prize

Updated: 2010-11-02
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Actor Mizushima (middle) wins literature prize
Actor Hiro Mizushima has won a fiction prize for his debut novel but says he will not accept the 20 million yen prize money. ‘‘I feel quite honored as my precious first step has been granted such a major prize,’’ Mizushima, 26, said at a press conference after receiving the Poplar Publishing Co prize Monday at the publisher’s Tokyo head office for ‘‘KAGEROU.’‘
The publisher said Mizushima submitted the novel under the penname of Satoshi Saito but will accept the prize under his real name of Tomohiro Saito.
The company said the date of publication of the novel, about a man who strives to prevent a suicide, has not been set.
Mizushima, a popular ‘‘ikemen’’ (good-looking) actor, quit a talent agency in September to concentrate on writing novels.
Mizushima started his career as a fashion model when he was still in college. He has appeared in many television dramas, including ‘‘Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise’’ since gaining popularity for playing the leading role in the television series ‘‘Masked Rider Kabuto’’ in 2006-2007.
In February 2009, Mizushima married popular romantic singer and songwriter Ayaka, 22, who has suspended her career due to illness.
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