I'm trying to find a Japanese book titled something like "When all the cats in the world had died" (translation may be inaccurate). I tried Googling that English title-- no luck.

The story is about a man awaiting his death. The devil offers him one extra day to live, for each important thing he gives up doing everyday.

The book was most probably published in 2013, is a short story and the cover image is grey colored with a cat picture on it.

  • How old is it? Has it been translated into English, or did you read it in Japanese? Is it a full length novel or a shorter story? Anything else you remember about the story or any names of characters?
    – Moogle
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 15:29
  • I haven't read the book, I saw a Japanese architect(whose name I don't remember) talk about it at NHK Channel. The book was published in 2013, short story most probably. I will add these info to question.
    – user16541
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 15:34

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With judicious use of Google Translate and Amazon Japan, I believe I've found your book.

世界から猫が消えたなら "If cats disappeared from the world"

川村 元気: Kawamura Genki

More info on Amazon. In case the link doesn't work, copying and pasting it into Amazon Japan's search box should work:


The cover fits (cat peering over a wall, gray-toned) and it was published in late 2012:

Book cover, gray cat partially hidden by a wall

  • fanatic or fantastic?
    – Zikato
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 13:18
  • @Zikato I'll accept either!
    – mkennedy
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 18:54

If A Cat Disappears From The World also known as Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara is a live-action movie that will be shown in Japan in 2016 starring Takeru Satô.

Takeru Satô is a Japanese actor best known for playing the role of Himura Kenshin in the Rurouni Kenshin live-adaptation film and its sequels.

From IMDb:

Young mailman finds out he has no time left due to a terminal disease. Suddenly he is approached by a devil that offers him to live more time if he eliminates something from the world. Young mailman then thinks about his relationship with friends, ex-partners, family.

  • Thanks Hana, I've seen rurouni kenshin, It's based on an action manga I believe. It was good. Glad this is also being made into a movie.
    – user16541
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 13:48

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