Publishers' Corner

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  • Bungeishunju Ltd. 文藝春秋

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    In 1923 best-selling author Kan Kikuchi founded the magazine Bungeishunju, laying the cornerstone for the present-day Bungeishunju Ltd. The firm will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2013. With the monthly Bungeishunju as its flagship publication, Bungeishunju Ltd. is one of Japan's leading publishers, producing a wide range of magazines while its book-publishing arm issues approximately 400 fiction and nonfiction titles every year. As the supervisor of Japan's two most prestigious literary awards, the Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes, Bungeishunju Ltd. has introduced many new authors to the public. Virtually all of the prizewinners continue to play active literary roles in the evolution and growth of modern Japanese literature.

  • Bureau des Copyrights Francais フランス著作権事務所

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    Bureau des Copyrights Français (BCF), or the French Copyright Office, is a Japanese literary agency that manages French and Japanese copyrights and promotes the Japanese translation of French works in Japan and the translation of Japanese works into French. BCF handles negotiations, proceedings, and the preparation of contracts between French and Japanese publishing companies. BCF deals every year with more than 180 translation contracts and also manages subsidiary rights for reading, audiovisual and theatrical adaptations, use in publicity, etc.

  • Cork, Inc. コルク

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    Cork Inc., founded in 2012, is one of Japan's most innovative literary agencies. We represent successful creators working in manga, literature, and criticism, as well as providing a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. As editors, we are in a position to nurture creators’ talents and expand the possibilities of their work. As literary agents, we are not merely negotiators or representatives, but partners that understand and share with the world the spirit and potential of the creator’s work. As producers, we are also actively involved in film and animation production.

  • Diamond, Inc. ダイヤモンド社

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    Diamond, Inc. is an independent publisher of business books founded in 1913. The company publishes approximately 300 new titles each year, from management classics to the latest theories, and from how-to books immediately applicable to the workplace to self-help titles aimed at long-term personal improvement. Many of them have become bestsellers, and have been translated into other languages?especially the Asian languages.

    The company came into being when the economics magazine Daiyamondo (Diamond) was first launched. In the inaugural issue, founder Kenkichi Ishiyama declared, "The guiding principle of the magazine will be the abacus. It will be by the abacus that the magazine determines what is good and right, and what is not. Nothing will stand apart from the abacus." The abacus symbolizes numbers, which is to say, the facts. Throughout its 100-year history, Diamond Inc.'s prime objective has steadfastly remained to provide readers with information that is precise and accurate?like the abacus cited by founder Ishiyama?and that has direct applicability to their lives.

  • Discover 21, Inc. ディスカヴァー・トゥエンティワン

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    With "Discover Your Resources" as our mission, we have dedicated ourselves to providing readers with new points of view and the chance to find new ideas, ways of life, and opportunities they never knew existed. Let us help you discover your resources too.

    Discover 21 is highly regarded in Japan as one of the most innovative publishers in the industry. Primarily publishing personal growth, business, and practical guidebooks, Discover 21 has a large and dedicated reader base, and is known for its high percentage of books that become instant hits.

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    Doshinsha Publishing Co. got its start in 1957 as a publisher of kamishibai?"paper-panel stories," designed to be read/told from text on the back of the panels while children view the illustrations from the front. It was founded amid widespread calls from the general public for sustained peace and greater democracy following World War II, and with support from parents and teachers wishing to provide a happy and culturally enriched future for their children and pupils.

    The company published its first children's book in 1960, and since then has brought out numerous titles that went on to become longtime bestsellers. In 1963 it began publishing a pamphlet for readers titled Haha no hiroba (Mothers' Plaza); having gone through several re-designs over the years, the publication now appears as a monthly bulletin, with more than 550 issues published to date. In 1967, Doshinsha brought out Japan's first picture book for infants. The company now publishes some 400 kamishibai and 600 books.

  • Froebel-kan フレーベル館

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    Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc. has specialized in the publication of children's books and books about children since its founding in 1952. Two pioneering publications were Haha no tomo (Mothers' Companion), a monthly magazine about parenting launched in 1953, and Kodomo no tomo (Children's Companion), a monthly picture book for children started in 1956. The latter publication produced many popular picture books, including the Guri and Gura series by Rieko Nakagawa and Yuriko Yamawaki, and Mii-chan's First Errand and other works illustrated by Akiko Hayashi. These were joined in 1969 by Kagaku no tomo (Children's Science Companion), a monthly nonfiction picture book for young readers, the first of its kind. Today Fukuinkan publishes eight monthly picture books in both fiction and nonfiction, catering to different age groups, as well as a monthly magazine for parents. The company also publishes picture books and children's literature, both world-renowned works translated into Japanese and original publications. Popular titles in the latter category include the Anno's Journey series by Mitsumasa Anno, Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, and the Nature Photography series.

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    Fusosha Publishing Inc. began as Living Magazine, the publishing arm of the Fuji Television Network, incorporating under its present name in 1984. Publications include the monthly magazines ESSE, Numero TOKYO, and en-taxi, as well as the weekly SPA! Fusosha also publishes some 200 books every year. Among its literary titles are Tokyo Tawa: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad), by Lily Franky, which won the 2006 Booksellers Award and has been published in six countries overseas; and Natsu no mizu no hangyojin (Merman in Summer Waters), by Shiro Maeda, which won the 2009 Mishima Yukio Prize and has been published in Korea. The graphic novel Kodoku no gurume (The Solitary Gourmet), by Masayuki Qusumi and Jiro Taniguchi, has been published in six countries overseas. Fusosha actively pursues foreign rights sales.

  • Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd. ハースト婦人画報社

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    Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd. is a diversified media enterprise with DNA from Japan as well as France and the United States. The company publishes Fujingaho (Women's Illustrated News), now over a hundred years old, as well as the women's magazines Elle Japon and 25ans, the men's magazine Men's Club, and a wide variety of lifestyle magazines centering on interior decoration, food, weddings, and so forth. These are accompanied by a number of web magazines, including Elle Online, and e-commerce sites such as Elle Shop. Drawing on the extensive editorial experience it has acquired over the years, the company is also active in the arenas of book publishing and industry publications. In 2011 the company came under the umbrella of the multinational Hearst Corporation, one of the world's largest media groups.

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    Ikeda Publishing Co., founded in 1949, is a publisher of books that cover "things they don't teach you in school"?practical knowledge and how-to information that readers can make immediate use of as they go about their daily lives and pursue their personal interests. Everything you’ve always wanted or needed to know on a given subject is laid out in clear, readily understandable terms. Several recent cookbooks as well as pet care books have become bestsellers. The company prides itself on going beyond conventional how-to book treatments to offer a unique angle on the topic at hand.

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    Iwasaki Publishing Co. releases approximately 160 new titles each year in a multitude of youth genres. Our specialty is children's books, but we have also published The Daily Rules to Raise Your Child series and Testing Your Fatherhood to help and support parental life. Our publications, which currently total some 1,500 titles, also include a series of children's reference books, complete collections of individual writers, and art books.

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    Kadokawa Corporation began as a full-service publisher of books in 1945, and went public in 1954. Since that time, the company has grown into a broad-based media company that produces feature films, computer games, and other digital and multi-media content in addition to books. The company’s traditional book operations span the full spectrum of genres, from dictionaries and other reference titles to general interest nonfiction, entertainment and literary fiction, manga as well as prose works targeted at young adults, and so forth. In particular, Kadokawa Shoten is Japan’s leading publisher of “light novels,” the distinctively Japanese category of fiction targeted primarily at teens.