(pseudonym of Tokudzo). Born Feb. 2, 1883. Japanese writer, critic, and public figure. Member of the Communist Party of Japan since 1947. Chairman of the Institute of Proletarian Science from 1928 to 1934.
Akita published his first works in 1907. For the most part they were antiwar in theme—for example, his novella First Dawn (1908). During a period of enthusiasm for individualistic philosophy, he wrote several mystical dramas, including Buddha and the Death of a Child (1920).
Akita joined the socialist movement in the early 1920’s. He visited the USSR in 1927 and 1928, after which he published sketches entitled Young Soviet Russia (1929). He has also written for children.