Altogether, there are some 3,700 publishing companies in Japan (80% of them in Tokyo), which produce together about ¥1.7 trillion-worth of business annually. However, few publishers have their own in-house facilities for printing, binding and sales. This task is generally given separately to specialist printing and bookbinding companies. Wholesale distribution, rather than direct sales to the retail market, is the norm.  In 2012, over 78,000 new titles were published in Japan (or about 214 books each day), with a further 940,000 in print. 3,300 or so magazines were published in the same period, only a few of which currently have a circulation of 1 million copies or more per issue.

Publishing in Japan 2014-15, 2014

Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • How to Buy Japanese Publications
  • How to Sell Your Publications in Japan
  • Acquiring Translation Rights
  • Selling Translation Rights
  • Financial Support and Subsidies for Translations and Publications
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs