News & Updates

  • 2013/02/01 Updates

    Site update

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    Books from Japan was updated on February 1, 2013, adding synopses for 12 works of fiction, 6 of nonfiction, and 10 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "Hiroshi Sakurazaka work to become Hollywood movie: a Japanese light … Details

  • 2013/01/15 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on January 15, 2013, adding synopses for 9 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 4 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) A new article, "A flowering of police novels," was also added to the … Details

  • 2013/01/10 News

    Hiroshi Sakurazaka work to become Hollywood movie: a Japanese light novel first

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    The light novel All You Need Is Kill (Shueisha) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is being made into a film starring Tom Cruise. It will be the first Japanese light novel adapted to film by a major Hollywood studio. Filming began in October 2012, with its release expected in 2014. The work is a science-fiction battle action story … Details

  • 2012/12/19 Column

    A flowering of police novels

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    Japanese bestseller lists of recent years have been populated by a notable number of crime novels centering on police investigations. It is a commonplace of writers' handbooks that readers must never be allowed to become bored, and the timely deployment of a dead body is often recommended as a means to this end. Once this … Details

  • 2012/12/18 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on December 15, 2012, adding synopses for 5 works of fiction, 2 of nonfiction, and 7 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.) Literature/Fiction ■ Tomoyuki Hoshino, Mezameyo to ningyo wa utau   ("Wake Up," Sings the … Details

  • 2012/12/05 Updates

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    Books from Japan was updated on November 30, 2012, adding synopses for 8 works of fiction, 6 of nonfiction, and 5 children & YA titles. The new titles are listed below. (Italicized English titles are those of finished translations; others are tentative titles.)  Literature/Fiction ■ Yumeaki Hirayama, Daina  (Diner) ■ Mitsuyo Kakuta, Kami no tsuki  (Paper Moon) ■ Mitsuyo … Details

  • 2012/11/01 News

    Books from Japan makes debut at Frankfurt Book Fair

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    The 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, held from October 10 to 14, attracted 281,753 visitors, a slight increase over last year. Publishers from 100 countries displayed their wares at some 7,300 booths. Hall 6, where the booths of Japanese publishers were located, was the scene of over 1,000 agents negotiating rights sales, a 4.4 percent gain … Details

  • 2012/10/09 News

    Frankfurt Book Fair

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    Books from Japan has a Frankfurt Book Fair corner that introduces Japanese books by featured publishers and academic presses. Please click the banner on the top page. Books published by university presses are on display at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair from October 10 to 14. Come to Booth A900, Hall 6.1. Please visit the booth and … Details

  • 2012/08/01 News

    "Adventure in the Closet" reaches 2 million copies in print; publisher Doshinsha celebrates 210th printing with 1,000-shop fair

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    The picture book Oshiire no boken (Adventure in the Closet; written by Taruhi Furuta and illustrated by Seiichi Tabata) from children's publisher Doshinsha has passed the milestone of two million copies in print with its 210th printing in April this year. In May Doshinsha launched a year-long promotional fair to celebrate. Over 500 stores nationwide were … Details

  • 2012/08/01 News

    Kashimada and Tsujimura chosen for Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

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    On July 18, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature announced the winners of the Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2012. The announcement followed meetings of the respective selection committees at a time-honored venue, the legendary Shin-Kiraku restaurant in Tokyo's Tsukiji district. Maki Kashimada was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for her short story … Details

  • 2012/06/18 News

    2012 Mishima, Yamamoto Prizes announced

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    The Shincho Society for the Promotion of Literary Arts announced the winners of the 25th annual Mishima Yukio and Yamamoto Shugoro Prizes after the respective prize committees met on May 15 at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo. The Mishima Prize went to Jungo Aoki for Watashi no inai koko (High School Without Me), published by … Details

  • 2012/06/12 Column

    "The Child Who Was Born": between simulated experience and reality?

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    Some picture books become lifelong friends, renewing themselves according to the reader's age and experiences or the changing times. The late Yoko Sano, who died in 2010, produced more than a few such works, including Hyakuman-kai ikita neko (The Cat That Had a Million Lives). In the summer of 2011, I re-read Sano's Umarete kita kodomo … Details

  • 2012/06/12 News

    Japan's best-selling fiction of 2011

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    The ten best-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 2010 through November 2011 were:  1. Nazotoki wa dina no ato de (The Riddle-Solving Can Wait till After Dinner) by Tokuya Higashigawa (Shogakukan, 2010) ISBN 978-4093862806 A collection of humorous short mysteries. The beautiful heiress and novice detective Reiko Hosho investigates crimes, aided by her acid-tongued butler in … Details

  • 2012/06/01 News

    Fuminori Nakamura’s "The Thief" named to Amazon.com Best Books list

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    The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura was selected as one of the "Best Books of the Month" in March by the American online bookseller Amazon.com. It is the first English translation of a Japanese novel to make the list since Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 in October 2011. Suri, the original title in Japanese, was published in October 2009 by … Details

  • 2012/05/31 News

    JPO begins epublishing push: 32 organizations join publishers’ forum

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    On February 21, the Japan Publishing Organization for Information Infrastructure Development (JPO) officially inaugurated its Accelerated Digitization Project, an endeavor commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to promote electronic publishing and provide aid to the Tohoku disaster zone. A publishers' forum with members from 32 organizations across the industry, including publishing … Details

  • 2012/05/31 News

    Baku Yumemakura wins Yoshikawa Eiji Prize

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    The 2012 winners of the Yoshikawa Eiji Prizes for Literature and for New Writers were announced following a meeting of the prize committee at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on March 5, and the awards ceremony took place at the same hotel on April 11. The Prize for Literature went to Baku Yumemakura, for Oedo … Details

  • 2012/05/30 News

    New manga to be published in four countries at once

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    On April 10, Shueisha brought out the first volume of Tomoko Ninomiya's newest manga series, 87 Clockers, in four separate editions for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. This is the first time the publisher has released a new title overseas concurrently with its publication in Japan. The multiple release comes in response to the … Details

  • 2012/05/29 News

    Akiko Miyakoshi's "The Tea Party in the Woods" wins Picture Book grand prize

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    The presentation ceremony for the 2012 Japan Picture Book Awards was held on March 23 at the offices of the Mainichi Newspaper Company in Tokyo. The awards are presented annually by the Mainichi and the Japan School Library Association. The grand prize this year went to Akiko Miyakoshi for Mori no oku no ochakai e … Details