News

  • 2017/08/08 News

    Numata, Sato garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 157th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2017. Shinsuke Numata received the Akutagawa for his novel Eiri (Back of Shadow, published by Bungeishunju), while Shogo Sato was awarded the Naoki for his novel Tsuki no michikake (Waxing and … Details

  • 2017/03/29 News

    Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes go to Sumito Yamashita, Riku Onda

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 156th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the second half of 2016. The Akutagawa was awarded to Sumito Yamashita for his novel Shinsekai (New World, published by Shinchosha). Riku Honda garnered the Naoki for her novel Mitsubachi to enrai (Honeybees and Distant … Details

  • 2017/02/10 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2016

    dddd

    The ten best-selling works of fiction* in Japan from November 27, 2015 through November 25, 2016 were: 1. Kimi no suizō o tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) by Yoru Sumino (Futabasha, 2015) ISBN 978-4575239058This book that started out as an upload to the self-publishing site Shōsetsuka ni narō (Become a Novelist) was picked up … Details

  • 2016/09/15 News

    Murata and Ogiwara win Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 155th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the first half of 2016. The Akutagawa went to Sayaka Murata for her novella Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman, published by Bungeishunju), while Hiroshi Ogiwara received the Naoki for his short story collection Umi no … Details

  • 2016/02/29 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2015

    dddd

    The ten best-selling works of fiction* in Japan from November 27, 2014 through November 26, 2015 were: 1.?Hibana (Sparks) by Naoki Matayoshi (Bungeishunju, 2015) ISBN 978-4163902302This first work of fiction by a popular comedian centers on the master-disciple relationship between two comedians, and addresses such issues as the nature of humor and the artist’s life. … Details

  • 2016/02/12 News

    Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Takiguchi, Motoya, Aoyama

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 154th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for the second half of 2015. The Akutagawa was shared by two writers: Yūshō Takiguchi for his novella Shindeinai mono (Those Who Are Not Dead, published in the December 2015 issue of Bungakukai magazine), and Yukiko … Details

  • 2015/05/08 News

    Japan’s best-selling fiction of 2014

    dddd

    The ten best-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 1, 2013 through November 26, 2014 were: 1. Murakami kaizoku no musume 1 & 2 (The Pirate’s Daughter 1 & 2) by Ryō Wada (Shinchosha, 2013) ISBN 978-4103068822 (vol. 1); 978-4103068839 (vol. 2)Thanks in part to winning the 2014 Booksellers Award, this book became a million-seller, … Details

  • 2014/04/24 News

    Japan's best-selling fiction of 2013

    dddd

    The ten best-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 2012 through November 2013 were: 1. Shikisai o motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, kare no junrei no toshi (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)by Haruki Murakami (Bungeishunju, 2013) ISBN 978-4163821108 Four years after his previous hit, 1Q84, Haruki Murakami returned to the no. 1 spot … Details

  • 2014/04/04 News

    Uehashi wins 2014 Andersen Award for authors

    dddd

    Cultural anthropologist Nahoko Uehashi has won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, often described as the "Nobel Prize of children's literature." She was selected from six finalists for the Author Award. Sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the Andersen Award is given every other year to one author and one illustrator … Details

  • 2014/01/21 News

    Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes go to Oyamada, Asai, Himeno

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 150th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes, awarded for the second half of 2013. The Akutagawa was given to Hiroko Oyamada for her novella Ana (The Hole, published in the September 2013 issue of Shinchō magazine). Two writers received the Naoki: Makate Asai for … Details

  • 2013/09/24 News

    Fall 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

    dddd

    The Fall 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/index.html. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/07/29 News

    Discover 21 president talks about how to produce hit books

    dddd

    An interview with Yumiko Hoshiba, president of the Discover 21 publishing house,can be read here: How Japan's Discover 21 Hits Hot Trends to Produce Bestsellers … Details

  • 2013/07/18 News

    Fujino and Sakuragi garner Akutagawa, Naoki Prizes

    dddd

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature has announced the winners of the 149th Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes, awarded for the first half of 2013. The Akutagawa went to Kaori Fujino (1980?) for her novella Tsume to me (Nails and Eyes; to be published by Shinchosha), while the Naoki was awarded to Shino Sakuragi (1965?) for … Details

  • 2013/06/24 News

    Summer 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

    dddd

    The Summer 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/03/28 News

    Spring 2013 issue of Japanese Book News now available

    dddd

    The Spring 2013 issue of Japanese Book News, a quarterly newsletter published by the Japan Foundation, can now be viewed online at http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/publish/jbn/. The newsletter provides brief descriptions of selected new books as well as information on publishing trends in Japan. … Details

  • 2013/03/22 News

    Fuminori Nakamura's "The Thief" chosen as finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize

    dddd

    The novel Suri by Akutagawa Prize-winning author Fuminori Nakamura, translated into English as The Thief, has been named a finalist for a book prize administered by the Los Angeles Times. Suri was first published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in October 2009, and the following year received the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. Prize sponsor Kodansha arranged for the … Details

  • 2013/02/07 News

    Japan's best-selling fiction of 2012

    dddd

    The top-selling works of fiction in Japan from December 2011 through November 2012 were: 1. Fune o amu (The Great Passage)by Shion Miura (Kobunsha, 2011) ISBN 978-4334927769http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/publications/item/767-the-great-passageThe life and loves of a publishing-house editor who spends many long years compiling a dictionary of Japanese that runs to nearly 3,000 pages. Winner of the 2012 Booksellers Award. 2. … Details

  • 2013/01/10 News

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

    dddd

    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

  • 2012/11/01 News

    Books from Japan makes debut at Frankfurt Book Fair

    dddd

    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

    dddd

    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