Japanese writer Haruki Murakami poses for photographers prior to an award ceremony for the Welt Literature Prize bestowed by the German daily Die Welt, in Berlin on Nov. 7, 2014
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By Rishi Iyengar
January 6, 2015

Best-selling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami will play “agony uncle” on a special website to be set up by his publisher, Shinchosha.

The media-shy author will give readers and fans the opportunity to ask him for life advice between Jan. 15 until the end of the month.

A spokesman for Shinchosha said Murakami, whose works have been translated into nearly 50 languages, will “receive questions of any kind,” and that queries in several different languages will be accepted.

The 65-year-old author’s responses will be published on the website over the next two months, the spokesman said. The site will be called Murakami-san no Tokoro (Mr. Murakami’s Place), but a URL has not yet been made public. Interested fans will just have to wait for an announcement or, if they are readers of Japanese, check in at the Shinchosha site for updates.

Murakami is launching the project as a way of reconnecting to his readers, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

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