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This story comes from a new book, March Was Made of Yarn (Harvill Secker). Published one year on from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that struck Japan in March 2011, the collection explores the impact of the catastrophe through fiction, non-fiction, poetry and manga comic strips by contributors including the novelists Ryu Murakami and David Peace. All royalties from the book will go to reconstruction charities in Japan. The author of “Box Story,” Tetsuya Akikawa, is a writer, poet and professional clown. This unusual work of fiction deals obliquely with the bewildering aftermath of a suddenly…

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