A comprehensive overview of Japanese literature entitled Tong Quan Lich Su Van Hoc Nhat Ban (Overview of Japanese Literature's History) by Professor Nguyen Nam Tran was recently published by the Vietnam Education Publishing House.

The 700-page book is the only complete work about Japanese literature published in Vietnam.

Tran, who currently works at the Josai University in Tokyo, compiled the book from various Japanese, English and French sources.

Famous for many research projects on Oriental culture, Tran has also translated several works of Japanese literature, including a short story by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, a Japanese writer in the Taisho-period who is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story"./.