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Japanese Publishing in Free Fall

The Japanese publishing industry is staring into the abyss as sales continue to plummet. Can the nation’s vaunted tradition of literature and literacy survive in the age of nonprint media?

Japan’s First International Literary Festival

The inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival took place in eight venues across Tokyo on March 1–3. The festival brought together leading novelists, poets, editors, and translators for three days of inspiring, well-attended events.

Ōe Kenzaburō, the Salon du Livre, and Me!

When manga artist J. P. Nishi was invited to the prestigious Salon du Livre in Paris, he found himself rubbing shoulders with literary giants, including Nobel Prize–winner Ōe Kenzaburō. Nishi shares his experience at one of the world’s largest literary events in this illustrated journal and interview.

“Chinese” Writing in East Asia (Part One)Wang Min

Of the approximately 200 countries in the world today, China and Japan are the only two that still use the Chinese writing system, known as kanji in Japanese. According to the Kojiki and Nihonshoki, court-sanctioned collections of early history and myth that are Japan’s earliest books, it was during the reign of the emperor Ōjin (r. 270–310) that word of the Chinese writing system arrived in Japa…

Forging New Links Through Literature

The annual Salon du Livre was held in Paris this past March 16–19, and Japan was the "guest of honor" for the first time in 15 years and the second time in the book fair's 31-year history. Before leaving for France, novelist Hirano Keiichirō, one of 20 Japanese writers taking part, talked to Nippon.com about the significance of the event and the role of literature in postdisaster Japan.

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