"Jeeves" in Spotlight in Japan after Empress' Comment

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--Publishers in Japan have been flooded with orders for the "Jeeves" series novels by British author P.G. Wodehouse, partly because Japanese Empress Michiko cited them as books she wants to read after her retirement in line with Emperor Akihito's abdication next April.

In the novels, Jeeves, a capable valet, resolves problems happening to his young master. The late mother of British Queen Elizabeth II was believed to a fan of the popular novels.

"Two or three Jeeves books are awaiting," Empress Michiko said in a written answer to questions from reporters on her 84th birthday on Oct. 20, showing her plan to read them after she finishes performing her official duties as empress.

Bombarded with inquiries, Kokushokankokai Inc., which publishes 14 volumes of Jeeves stories, has reprinted a total of 20,000 copies. On its website, the publisher is promoting the novels by referring to the Empress' comment.

"We printed about 100 copies annually in the past year or two, but we now receive orders for 100 copies a day," Junichi Isozaki, chief of the company's publishing department, said, expressing his excitement over the unexpected Jeeves boom.

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