Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka and grew up
in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku (the fourth largest island in
Japan), where he currently resides. After graduating from Osaka
University with a degree in literature, he worked for a newspaper
company, Shikoku Shinbun, for five years, reporting on politics,
police reports, and economics. Also, he attended Nihon University's
liberal arts correspondence-course program and acquired an English
teaching certificate for junior high and high school.
Battle Royale, completed after Takami left the newspaper company, was his debut work and his only novel published so far. With its publication in Japan in 1999, it received widespread support and became a best seller. Battle Royale was serialized as a comic, made into a feature film in 2000, and has been translated into more than ten languages. Since its initial release, Battle Royale continues to be a cult favorite in Japan and internationally.
In 2012, Battle Royale: Angels' Border, a spin-off manga scripted by Koushun Takami, was released.