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"LONDON (Kyodo) -- The chances of Haruki Murakami, a renowned Japanese writer, winning this year's Nobel Prize in literature might have improved, according to data released Wednesday by one of the world's largest betting agencies.
Murakami ranked sixth among the world's top literature prize hopefuls with the number of contenders leading ahead of him decreasing to five from six last year, according to data compiled by Britain's Ladbrokes PLC.
The Japanese writer, however, rated 11-1 compared with odds of 9-1 a year ago, while Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer was the frontrunner with 5-1 odds.
Polish poet Adam Zagajewski, South Korean poet Ko Un and Syrian poet Adonis tied in second place.
In fifth was Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi.
Murakami ranks sixth alongside Australian poet Les Murray.
The top four on the short list are poets and Murakami is second to Tabucci among non-poet writers.
The names of this year's Nobel laureates in all categories including literature are due to be announced in October."
(Mainichi Japan) September 30, 2010