Haruki Murakami to appeal for peace on anti-war radio show

Haruki Murakami | PHOTO: The Yomiuri Shimbun

TOKYO — In protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, novelist Haruki Murakami will appeal for peace and no war in a special version of his radio show on Friday.

The 55-minute radio program, “Murakami Radio Tokubetsuban: Senso o Yamesaseru Tameno Ongaku” (Murakami Radio Special Edition: Music to Stop War), will air on Tokyo FM from 11 p.m. Friday. The program will be broadcast by a network of 38 FM radio stations across the country.

During the program, Murakami, 73, will promote the ideas that war atrocities must be stopped and peace is precious by playing anti-war songs and Western music that stress the importance of life and introducing foreign language lyrics that he translated into Japanese.

He will choose approximately 10 protest songs from his collection of CDs and records and explain their lyrics and historical background.

“In Ukraine, a war that no one wants has started. Can music stop war? Probably not. But I believe music can definitely make listeners think they have to stop the war,” Murakami said.

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