Ryuji Morita (1954–) was born in Tokyo. Formerly a magazine editor, he made his debut as a writer in 1990 with Sutorito chirudoren (Street Children), which was a finalist for the Noma Prize for New Writers. In 1992, his Saudaji (Saudade) was a finalist for the Mishima Prize. He is highly regarded for the unflinching realism with which he portrays love and heartbreak. His 2004 novel Yoru no hate made (To the End of Night) sold over 300,000 copies to become a bestseller. His short story Fruits of Shinjuku has been translated into English as well as French, and is being considered for adaptation to film in France.