“A Time for Revolution,” Hirai Kazumasa, 1963 (2007 Tr.) – Poets and artists from a dystopian future travel back in time to possess the bodies of today’s thugs.
Comments: Read in Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Author: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazumasa_Hirai_%28author%29): “Kazumasa Hirai (平井 和正 Hirai Kazumasa, born May 13, 1938) is a Japanese novelist from Yokosuka, Kanagawa. He graduated from Yokosuka Industrial High School and the law department of Chuo University. Hirai is well known for his SF-manga work. He is the creator of 8 Man.”