Mario Vargas Llosa receives honorary degree from the University of Tokyo


Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa received an honorary degree Wednesday from the University of Tokyo.

I never imagined that my books would break the barriers of language" or that "could reach Japan," Vargas Llosa told La Républica.

In the middle of his speech, he highlighted the influence of the Japanese in Peru as contributors to the mosaic of cultures that identify the country.

Vargas Llosa is the first writer to receive the "Honoris Causa" from the University of Tokyo.

The writer is in Japan for five days, during which he will participate in various cultural and academic promotions of Spanish language and Spanish culture.