His reason being as he tells the organizers is that he wants to focus on work and avoid the spotlight.
The New Academy Prize in Literature was founded by more than 100 Swedish intellectuals in protest after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates, postponed this year’s award over longstanding ties to a man accused of assaulting several women during the peak of last year’s #MeToo movement.
According to the founders the alternative Prize serves to denounce bias, arrogance, and sexism.
The New Academy said in a Facebook post that Murakami who’s name is often suggested for the Nobel Literature Prize, “expressed his gratitude at being nominated, writing ‘It… is a great honor for me.'”
The academy further said, “Murakami then said his preference is to concentrate on his writing, away from media attention, and asked that his nomination be withdrawn.”
Swedish authors for the alternative Nobel Literature Prize nominated 47 authors.
32,000 people from around the world voted for them, as a result of which four authors were shortlisted for the Prize: Vietnamese-Canadian author Kim Thuy, Britain’s Neil Gaiman, Maryse Conde of France and Murakami.