There are approximately 4000 publishing companies in Japan – 80% in of them in Tokyo. Most publishers don’t have in-house facilities for printing, binding and sales.

In a recent report, the size of the Japanese publishing market amounted to 1.67 trillion Japanese yen, making it one of the largest publishing markets in the world. Although print publications continue to make up the lion’s share of the market, there is a clear divergence in the growth trajectory between print sales and digital sales. This increase seems to reflect the greater amount of time people have been spending at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the limited opportunities for entertainment, and the greater outlay on household activities.

After facing a disturbing pandemic that has left the nation in a state of panic, many people have turned to reading printed publications as a source of comfort and escape. Interestingly, the percentage of people who have purchased more printed magazines and books since the pandemic began has remained relatively consistent, with 14.1% of respondents reporting an increase in purchases and 75.5% remaining unchanged. However, 10.4% of respondents say they have purchased fewer books or magazines since the pandemic began. While some people may have decreased their consumption of printed media due to the pandemic, others may have turned to reading more frequently to avoid feeling isolated.




Abax ELT Publishers, AC, Academic Libraries, Access, ADK Emotions, Aniplex, Asahi Newspapers, Asmik Ace, Asakura Publishing, Aspect, Association of Japanese University Presses


BloodTube, BlueHill, BushiroadBNN



Dai Nippon Printing, Daisanbunmei-sha, Dempa Publications, Discover 21, Dmed, DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, Duan Press


EFL Press, ELT Books, Enterbrain


Forum of Asian Pacific Graphic Arts Technology, Froebel-Kan, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Fukushima Minpo News


Gakken, GB


Hakuto-Shobo Publishing, Hato Press, Higashi Honganji, Hinoki Shoten, Hituzi Shobo Publishing, Honyaku Shuppan-sha


International Institute of Advanced Study, Introduction to Japanese Printing Industries, Iwanami Shoten


Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association, Japan Bible Society, Japan Book Publishers Association, Japan Federation of Printing Industries, Japan Maritime Daily, Japan Music Trades, Japan News, Japan Print Association, Japan Times, Jiji Press, JMA Management Center


Kagakudojin Books Ell, Kaiji Press, Kaisei-sha, Kaitakusha Publishing, Kallos Publishing, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Keio University Press, King Records, Kinokuniya, Kinseido Publishing, Kodansha International, Kotobukiya, Kyodo News, Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto University Press, Kyushu University Press


List of Japanese Publishers


Mainichi, Marvelous, Mitsumura Suika Shoin, Modern Group, Morikita Shuppan, Morisawa


National Printing Bureau, Navix, Neoark, NEOS, NHK Enterprises, Nihon Bunka Kagukusha, Nihon Ki-in, Nikkatsu, Nikkei Asian Review, Nippon Animation, Nippon News, Nishimura, Nishimura Shoten


Ohmsha Publishing, Okinawa Times


P&C, PhotoGuide Japan, PHP Institute, Pierrot, Polygon Pictures, Poplar Publishing, PressNet, Publishing in Japan


Rare Books In Japan, Rinsen Book, Ryukyu Shimpo


Sampoh Publishing, Seibido Publishing, Seido Publishing, Seigensha Art Publishing, Shibunkaku, Shift, Shimpusha Publishing, Shinshokan, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Shoei Printing, Shokabo, ShoPro, Shueisha, Sin Music Creation, Sony Music Solutions, Sunmark Publishing, Sunrise International


Takara Printing, The New Self-Publishing in Japan, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Tatsunoko Production, Tokyo Shimbun, Tokyo Shoseki, Tokyu Agency, Toppan, Toto Publishing






Walking Development Group, Windows 


Zeikei Group, Zenrin