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    Books and publications worth US$5.4 billion are sold every year in Japan[UPDATED: 10-23-2017]

    According to the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Japanese market for books and publications, the fourth-largest in the world, has annual sales of US$5.4 billion.   Despite the overall size and hundreds of millions of books being bought every year in print and digital formats,… Read more »
    Books and publications worth US$5.4 billion are sold every year in Japan Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Two Japanese authors have won the Nobel Prize in Literature[UPDATED: 10-10-2017]

    Two Japanese authors have won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Yasunari Kawabata in 1968  “for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind” and Kenzaburo Oe in 1994 “who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and… Read more »
    Two Japanese authors have won the Nobel Prize in Literature Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Japan not included on the list of key international publishing locations[UPDATED: 10-10-2017]

    The Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF) is not included or even mentioned in the IPA Global Book Fair Report 2017, published by the International Publishers Association (IPA). Although, 75 international book fairs are listed in the IPA report whose introduction states that it “provides an… Read more »
    Japan not included on the list of key international publishing locations Posted by Richard Nathan
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    The world’s smallest printed book is a Japanese flower book[UPDATED: 9-23-2017]

    The Japanese printer Toppan produced the world’s smallest printed book in 2013, a 26-page book on Japanese flowers with pages just 0.75 mm in size. The micro-book titled: Shiki no Kusabana, flowers of season, lists the names and illustrations (monochrome) of Japanese flowers including for… Read more »
    The world’s smallest printed book is a Japanese flower book Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Over a billion books are distributed in Japan every year[UPDATED: 9-23-2017]

    Over a billion copies of books are distributed in Japan every year, according to the Shuppan Nenkan (Publishing Yearbook). However, only 60% (around 640 million copies) of them are actually bought. The overall Japanese book market, the world’s fourth-largest, peaked over 20 years ago in 1996,… Read more »
    Over a billion books are distributed in Japan every year Posted by Richard Nathan
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    Japanese literature and novels littered with cats[UPDATED: 8-17-2017]

    There is a long tradition of cats within Japanese literature, folk stories and art. Many ‘cat books’ feature amongst the ranks of Japan’s bestselling titles. Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) wrote a highly regarded satirical account of the Meiji Era in Japan titled: I am a Cat,… Read more »
    Japanese literature and novels littered with cats Posted by Richard Nathan
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    One bookstore in Tokyo stocks & sells only one book at a time[UPDATED: 8-15-2017]

    Morioka Shoten located in Ginza in Tokyo, has a unique merchandising strategy. It only sells one book title at a time despite around 80,000 new books being published every year in Japan. The shop, which opened in May 2015, has a single book strategy of stocking… Read more »
    One bookstore in Tokyo stocks & sells only one book at a time Posted by Richard Nathan
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    China buying more Japanese books and publications[UPDATED: 8-14-2017]

    Japan’s book exports to China have grown significantly since 2001, when as a condition of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), China was required to lift restrictions on the importation of books and publications. Despite rapidly growing interest in Japanese novels, and Japanese Crime Fiction in particular, China… Read more »
    China buying more Japanese books and publications Posted by Richard Nathan