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Japanese author Kenjiro Haitani has died

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KOBE, Japan, Nov 24, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Japanese children's book writer Kenjiro Haitani has died of esophageal cancer. He was 72.

Haitani wrote "A Rabbit's Eyes," which sold more than 1 million copies, the Japan Times reported Friday.

Haitani worked as an elementary school teacher for 17 years in Kobe before writing his book.

He wrote "A Rabbit's Eyes" in 1974. The book revolves around the exchanges between a young teacher and children who do not give up hope amid harsh conditions.

He also wrote "Taiyo no Ko" ("Child of the Sun"), which revolves around the Battle of Okinawa.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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