In February, we introduce Kan Kikuchi, a novelist and playwright who rose to prominence in the first half of the 20th century. His father worked in administrative affairs at an elementary school and his family was poor. But Kikuchi’s willingness to learn earned him a place at Kyoto Imperial University, where he studied British modern drama. He later went on to found a major publishing company, Bungei Shunju. The company established the prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki prizes for literature, making a significant contribution to Japanese letters. Over the next three weeks, we bring you one of his stories, "Chief Judge Wakasugi."