Jiro Asada is the bestselling author of Poppo-ya (The Stationmaster) which has sold more than two million copies and was made into the film of the same name, which won Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony. His works vary from contemporary to historical, and he has written novels, short stories, and humorous essays.
Asada was born as Kojiro Iwato in Tokyo, on December 13, 1951. After completing high school, he joined Japan’s Self Defense Forces and then held various jobs while submitting his writing to literary competitions. His hobbies include gambling and horse racing. He has written over 70 novels in 14 years, and many of his works have been made into films.