Chandler's novels were apparently very popular in Japan with a number of novels
translated and published in Japanese. (In both official and bootleg versions).
In 1983 he won Japan's prestigious Seiun Sho Award , the premier Science Fiction
award in Japan.
This link tells of a meeting with the Japanese Science Fiction writer
Takachiho Haruka in 1978. As well there is a recent update from Nozomo in his blog
The Japanese novels have some of the best cover art I have seen on any of the Chandler
If anyone has more information or more scans from the artwork on the Japanese novels
please let me know and I will add them to this site.