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2016
November

NHK World’s Radio Japan airs Hoshi’s stories in 17 languages: Flower of Prosperity (Hanei no Hana) on Nov. 19th and The Disaster (Sainan) and Hey, Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi) on Nov. 26th.

November

Nikkei publishes The Day a Computer Writes a Novel, a non-fiction by Dr. Satoshi Sato of Nagoya University about his team’s effort to create a story-writing A.I. that’s good enough to enter the Hoshi Awards.

September

Yilin of China publishes The Last Major Construction (Saigo no Daikoji) in its magazine for foreign literature.

September

2,572 stories, including several by artificial intelligence, are sent in to the fourth annual Hoshi Awards.

September

The Whimsical A.I. Project: I’m a Writer is selected as one of twenty best Innovative Technologies of 2016 by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

September

An event was held to celebrate Hoshi’s 90th Birthday at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

August

Messages from the Whimsical Planet (Kimagureboshi karano Dengon) is published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, which contains Hoshi’s short stories, essays, interviews, letters, etc. to commemorate Hoshi’s 90th birthday.

August

Shadow Play Theatre Kakashiza adapts three of Hoshi’s stories to its Hand Shadow Show. They’re The Cat (Neko), A Demon (Akuma) and Hey, Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi).

August

NHK World TV’s program Today’s Close-Up broadcasts Artificial Intelligence: Creative or Copycat? One of the A.I. it introduces is The Whimsical A.I. Project: I’m a Writer.

June

My Nation (My Kokka) by Shinchosha becomes Hoshi's 18th million-seller book in Japan.

May

University of Tsukuba library holds a small event where the robot Pepper reads The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robotto) to a group of people.

April

Japanese anthology Monkey Business Vol.6 is published in the US. Shoulder-Top Secretary (Kata no Ue no Hisho) translated by Jay Rubin is included.

March

The exhibition The Women in the Mori Family: Kimiko, Shige, Mari and Anne starts at Ogai Mori Memorial Museum in Tokyo. Kimiko Koganei is the sister of Ogai Mori and the maternal grandmother of Shinichi Hoshi.

March

Shinchosha releases the voice of Shinichi Hoshi recorded in 1976. He talks about his book Many Taboos (Takusan no Tabu) which was published back then.

March

The Whimsical A.I. Project: I'm a Writer holds a press conference at Dentsu Hall in Tokyo and shares the short stories written with the Artificial Intelligence.

January

Newspapers, Yomiuri and Asahi, run the first trial piece written by the artificial intelligence of The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer. Asahi calls it "a new work of Shinichi Hoshi"

2015
December

The Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 6,436.

November

A slide show The Hoshi Family Album is held to retrace Hoshi's life during the Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition at Shimpei Kusano Memorial Literary Museum. 190 people attended.

October

The Shinichi & Hajime Hoshi Exhibition starts at the Shimpei Kusano Memorial Literacy Museum in Fukushima.

October

The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer introduces a short movie on entering the Hoshi awards on YouTube.

September

2,561 stories, including several by artificial intelligence, are sent in to the third annual Hoshi awards by its deadline of September 30.

September

Thirty Years Later, the science fiction published by Hajime Hoshi (father of Shinichi) in 1918 is now republished by Marina (daughter of Shinichi) 97 years later to commemorate the Shinichi & Hajime Exhibition.

August

Nikkei introduces the Hoshi awards commercial on YouTube.

August

A Chinese translation of The Other Side of the Swing (Buranko no Mukoude) is published in Taiwan.

July

Victor Entertainment releases Hoshi's Storytelling Theater (Hoshi Yose) CD, which includes three of his Rakugo (comic story). They can also be downloaded from Victor Studio HD-Music and iTunes Store.

May

Nikkei announces the addition of the Student category (high school and college) for the third annual Hoshi awards.

March

Fifteen English and fifteen Japanese audiobooks are released on iTunes in 21 countries.

January

Four eBooks - A Well-Kept Life, The Whimsical Robot, Voice Net, and The Other Side of the Swing - are released on the Kindle Store in 11 countries, US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, India, Italy and Mexico. These eBooks are no longer available on the iBook Store.

2014
December

Google offers free downloads of The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) eBook to its customers in Japan who bought Nexus 6 or 9 by February 2015.

December

Ten English and ten Japanese audiobooks are released on iTunes in 21 countries.

December

All of Hoshi's stories in Japanese are now available as eBooks from Shinchosha and Kadokawa.

October

The Guardian in England runs a story on the Hoshi awards, Japanese science fiction award opens entries to aliens and computers.

October

Samsung offers free downloads of The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) eBook to its customers in Japan who bought Galaxy tab S by February 2015.

September

1,954 stories are sent in to the second annual Hoshi awards by its deadline of September 30.

September

The exhibition The Dawn of Anthropology in Japan: Yoshikiyo Koganei starts at Niigata History Museum. Yoshikiyo Koganei is the maternal grandfather of Shinichi Hoshi.

September

Sci-Fi Land exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 14,081.

September

Kaiseisha publishes the picture book Yukiko's Revenge (Yukiko-chan no Shikaeshi) in Japan.

September

Fans celebrated Hoshi's 88th birthday during the Sci-Fi Land exhibition at the Setagaya Literary Museum.

September

The Fairy Distribution Company (Yousei Haikyu Gaisha) by Shinchosha becomes Hoshi's 17th million-seller book in Japan.

July

Hoshi Awards Summer School is held at Setagaya Literary Museum to help children write stories.

July

A symposium titled Imagination Engine to commemorate the second annual Hoshi awards is held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo.

July

Setagaya Literary Museum starts the summer exhibition Sci-Fi Land that includes Hoshi's first edition books, handwritten drafts, and more. The miniature book FoxCatAnt (Kitsunekoari), which includes Hoshi's The Cat (Neko), is published to commemorate the exhibition.

June

Nikkei announces the start of the second annual Hoshi awards competition.

April

CNN English Express magazine's June issue runs The Secret of the Circus (Sakasu no Himitsu) in English.

March

Kadokawa publishes The Whimisical Robot (Kimagure Robot) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

February

French sci-fi magazine Galaxies Vol.28 runs Ohe! Sors de la! (Oi Detekoi).

February

Akita Shoten publishes the fourth volume of Comic Shinichi Hoshi series The Guest from Space (Uchu kara no Kyaku) in Japan.

February

Shinichi Hoshi Mystery Special, omnibus drama based on Hoshi's five short stories, was aired on Fuji Television in Japan.

2013
November

Shueisha publishes Little Wonder Collection of Shinichi Hoshi (Hoshi Shinichi Sukoshi Fushigi Kessakusen) Mirai Bunko for children.

October

3,057 stories are sent in to the Hoshi awards competition by its deadline of October 31.

August

The Patched Planet (Tsugihagi Planet) a collection of short stories that had been in magazines and papers but were not included in books is published in Japan.

August

Shinchosha republishes the novel The Target of the Nightmare (Muma no Hyoteki).

August

Chikuma Shobo republishes Hiroshi Manabe's Planetarium a collection of Manabe's illustrations and Hoshi's stories.

August

A symposium titled Imagination and Japan's Potential to commemorate the first annual Hoshi awards was held at the Nikkei Hall in Tokyo.

July

Hoshi Awards Summer School is held at Setagaya Literary Museum to help children write stories.

July

Booked for Japan, of NHK World, televised an interview of the astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, who recommended Hoshi's short-short Execution (Shokei).

July

Nikkei announces the start of the Hoshi Awards, a science fiction competition open to children and adults. Stories by artificial intelligence are also welcomed.

January

Shinchosha republishes The Defective Museum (Dekisokonai Hakubutsukan), a collection of ideas that Hoshi did not use for his stories.

2012
December

Nihongo Club Medellin presents the play A Tale of a Night (Aru Yoru no Monogatari) for children at the Santa Claus Project in Columbia.

November

Kadokawa republishes the second collection of Hoshi's essays The Whimsical Encyclopedia (Kimagure Hakubutsushi).

October

Kadokawa republishes the first collection of Hoshi's essays Memorandums of the Whimsical Planet (Kimagure Boshi no Memo).

October

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan starts celebrating of its 50th anniversary.

September

The Whimsical AI Project: I'm a Writer introduces a plan to develop an artificial intelligence that writes stories by 2017.

August

Akita Shoten publishes the third volume of Comic Shinichi Hoshi series The Friendly Demon (Shitashigena Akuma) in Japan.

February

The short film, Le Commencement (Hajimari) animated by Ryu Kato, is an official selection for L'hybride in France.

January

The picture book, The Other Side of the Swing, is released on the iBook store of North America.

2011
November

Three English eBooks - A Well-Kept Life, The Whimsical Robot, and Voice Net - are released on the iBook store of North America.

November

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan raises 2,000,000 yen (approximately US$20,000) at Japan Giving for the Earthquake victims.

October

The Doctor and His Robot (Hakase to Robot), a short film by Pantograph, was an official selection for Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival in Canada.

September

Google Doodles celebrates Hoshi's 85th birthday on September 6th: The Day of Hoshi Crane.

May

A film opera Hey! Come on Out! (Oi Detekoi) by Streetwise Opera is selected for the British Films Directory.

March

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan starts a fund-raising campaign for Earthquake victims at Japan Giving.

2010
October

Free Phone (Muryo no Denwaki), a short film by Pantograph, was an official selection for Sapporo Short Fest in Japan.

August

A Chinese translation of Future Aesop (Mirai Isoppu) is published by Rightman in Hong Kong.

June

Shinichi Hoshi Exhibition ends. The total number of visitors was 12,229.

May

Hoshi Shinichi's Short Shorts by NHK wins the Intermedia-globe Silver Award in the Entertainment category in Germany.

April

Shinichi Hoshi Exhibition starts at Setagaya Literary Museum in Tokyo.

March

Le Commencement (Hajimari), animation by Ryu Kato, was an official selection for Fete De L'anim in France.

2009
December
December

Shinchosha releases The Rules of Inspiration (Hirameki no Housoku) CD, which is a recording of Hoshi's lecture in 1974.

December

Poplar publishes the third volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The People (Hito no Maki).

November

Hoshi Shinichi's Short Shorts, by NHK, won an International Emmy award in the Comedy category.

November

Kadokawa publishes The Voice from Space (Uchu no Koe) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

October

Poplar publishes the second volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The Earth (Chi no Maki).

September

Poplar publishes the first volume of Collection of Samurai Stories (Jidai Shosetsushu): The Heavens (Ten no Maki).

August

Radio Japan broadcasts An Incident on the Train (Shanai no Jiken) and A Piece of Paper (Shien) in Chinese and Korean.

July

Froebel publishes the picture book Flowers and Secrets (Hana to Himitsu), illustrated by Makoto Wada.

July

Kadokawa publishes The Phantom Planet (Maboroshi no Hoshi) Tsubasa Bunko for children.

July

The Hoshi Library, Inc. is established.

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