Koushun Takami was born in 1969 and is best-known as the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki. After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence course program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the news company Shikoku Shimbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports and economics. Battle Royale was completed after Takami left the news company, and was rejected in the final round of the literary competition for which it was intended, owing to its controversial content. It become a bestseller when finally released in 1999, and a year later, was made into a manga and a feature film.