Useful Links

JLIT, Japanese Literature, is an academic site that brings together information on the topic including, for example, an introduction covering everything Japanese students are required to know about Japanese literature to get into University.

The Japanese Book Publishers Association (JBPA), founded in 1957, represents the industry and publishes reports in English on the market.

I LOVE Bungaku, is a Facebook Group, set up in 2017, for fans of Japanese literature (bungaku) to share information and their passion for bungaku.

The Nippon Foundation, founded in 1962, runs, supports and funds various projects to promote Japanese literature internationally.

The book community website, Goodreads, has a section on Japanese literature, and various groups that share information on different genres of Japanese literature.

Japanese History in 9 Minutes, is a YouTube Video watched by millions that can provide you with a rapid historical overview within which to place Japanese literature and understand its context.

The Japan Library Association, provides information about libraries in English on its website.

The Japan Foundation, founded in 1972 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides support to projects relating to translating and publishing. 

SWET, is a Tokyo-based Society for Japan-related Writers, Translators and Editors, founded in 1980. It publishes The Japan Style Sheet and other useful materials.

The Copyright Research and Information Centre, (CRIC) publishes a comprehensive Q&A on its website and other information regarding copyright law in Japan.

The Japan Writers’ Association, which does not provide information in English, founded in 1945, lists information about events, symposia and new publications on its website., is a Japanese language database of all books in print in Japan made available by the Japan Book Publishers Association.

Japanese Literature in English, is a database that compiles all Japanese literary works translated into English.

TranNet, is a Tokyo based translation agency that prides itself on being the gateway to Japan for international publishers. It assists Japanese publishers in acquiring translation rights for international titles and subsequently arranges the translation of these titles.

Japanese Writers’ House, is a Tokyo based literary agency that promotes and sells publishing rights in English on behalf of Japanese authors.

Osusume Books, is a monthly book subscription service for novels by Japanese authors translated into English.

Useful Links Posted by Richard Nathan