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Japan Library

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Japan Library is an imprint of Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, also known as JPIC, established in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. In cooperation with organizations involved in the publishing industry, Japan Library consists of Japanese to English translations of nonfiction works. The series was launched to make academic nonfiction works from Japan more accessible to the world.



1. Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures: The Japanese Philosophy of Transience by Takeuchi Seiichi

2. If There Were No Japan: A Cultural Memoir by Roger Pulvers

3. Listen to the Voice of the Earth: Learn about earthquakes to save lives by Oki Satoko, Translated by Takako Iwaki

4. Saving the Mill: The amazing recovery of one of Japan’s largest paper mills following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami Sasa Ryoko, Translated by Tony Gonzalez

5.Tree-Ring Management: Take the Long View and Grow Your Business Slowly by Tsukakoshi Hiroshi, Translated by Hart Larrabee


1. The Building of Horyu-ji: The Technique and Wood that Made It Possible by Nishioka Tsunekazu and Kohara Jiro, Translated by Michael Brase

2. Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan edited by Kanamori Osamu, Translated by Christopher Carr and M. G. Sheftall

3. Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan: Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography edited by Tsutsui Kiyotada, Translated by Noda Makito and Paul Narum

4. Kabuki, a Mirror of Japan: Ten Plays that Offer a Glimpse into Evolving Sensibilities by Matsui Kesako, Translated by David Crandall

5. The People and Culture of Japan: Conversations Between Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro by Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro, Translated by Tony Gonzalez


1. Bushido and the Art of Living: An Inquiry into Samurai Values by Alexander Bennett

2. The Entrepreneur Who Built Modern Japan: Shibusawa Eiichi by Shimada Masakazu, Translated by Paul Narum

3. Global Class Japanese SMEs by Kurosaki Makoto, Translated by Larry Greenberg

4. The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country: The Disconnect between Japan's Malaise and Its Millennials by Furuichi Noritoshi, Translated by Raj Mahtani

5. Human Resource Development in Twentieth-Century Japan by Inoki Takenori, Translated by Tony Gonzalez

6. An Introduction to Yōkai Culture: Monsters, Ghosts, and Outsiders in Japanese History by Komatsu Kazuhiko, Translated by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt

7. Japan in Asia: Post-Cold-War Diplomacy by Tanaka Akihiko, Translated by Jean Connell Hoff

8. Japan's Wooden Heritage: A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture by Fujimori Terunobu and Fujitsuka Mitsumasa, Translated by Hart Larrabee

9. Myth and Deity in Japan: The Interplay of Kami and Buddhas by Kamata Toji, Translated by Gaynori Sekimori

10. Perspectives on Sino-Japanese Diplomatic Relations by The Yomiuri Shimbun Political News Department, Translated by John Rossman

11. The Self-Defense Forces and Postwar Politics in Japan by Sado Akihiro, Translated by Noda Makito

12. Self-Respect and Independence of Mind: The Challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi by Kitaoka Shinichi, Translated by James M. Vardaman

13. Soetsu Yanagi: Selected Essays on Japanese Folk Crafts by Yanagi Soetsu, Translated by Michael Brase

14. Toward the Abe Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II: Lessons from the 20th Century and a Vision for the 21st Century for Japan compiled by The Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and World Order in the 21st Century, Translated by Tara Cannon

15. Unsung Heroes of Old Japan by Isoda Michifumi, Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter


1. Contemporary Japanese Architects: Profiles in Design by Igarashi Taro, Translated by David Noble

2. Designing Japan: A Future Built on Aesthetics by Hara Kenya, Translated by Maggie Kinser Hohle and Naito Yukiko

3. Edo Japan Encounters the World: Conversations Between Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro by Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro, Translated by Tony Gonzalez

4. The Japanese Sense of Beauty by Takashina Shūji, Translated by Matt Treyvaud

5. Landscape Gardener Ogawa Jihei and His Times: A Profile of Modern Japan by Suzuki Hiroyuki, Translated by Hart Larrabee

6. Mixing Work with Pleasure: My Life at Studio Ghibli by Suzuki Toshio, Translated by Roger Speares

7. Mutsu Munemitsu and His Time by Okazaki Hisahiko, Translated by Noda Makito

8. The Territory of Japan: Its History and Legal Basis by Serita Kentaro, Translated by Alex Meyer

9. Toward Creation of a New World History by Haneda Masashi, Translated by Noda Makito

10. Wasan, the Fascination of Traditional Japanese Mathematics by Sakurai Susumu, Translated by Emma Ford, with Gaynor Sekimori

11. Words to Live by by Nakano Koji, Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter


1. The Art of Emptiness by Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, Translated by Gavin Frew

2. The Book of Urushi: Japanese Lacquerware from a Master by Matsuda Gonroku, Translated by Michael Brase and Komada Makiko, Supervised by Murose Kazumi

3. Every Day a Good Day: Fifteen lessons I learned about happiness from Japanese tea culture by Morishita Noriko, Translated by Eleanor Goldsmith

4. Friendship across the Seas: The US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force by Agawa Naoyuki, Translated by Yabuki Hiraku

5. Heritage Culture and Business, Kyoto Style: Craftsmanship in the Creative Economy by Murayama Yuzo, Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter

6. The Lure of Pokémon: Video Games and the Savage Mind by Nakazawa Shinichi, Translated by Ted Mack

7. The Music of Color by Shimura Fukumi, Translated by Matt Treyvaud, Photographs by Inoue Takao

8. Pilgrimages in the Secular Age: From El Camino to Anime by Okamoto Ryosuke, Translated by Deborah Iwabuchi and Enda Kazuko

9. The Remarkable History of Japan-US Relations by Kosaka Masataka, Translated by Terry Gallagher

10. Security Politics in Japan: Legislation for a New Security Environment by Hosoya Yuichi, Translated by Tara Cannon

11. The Story of Japan's Ohmi Merchants: The Precept of Sanpo-yoshi by Suenaga Kunitoshi, Translated by Larry Greenberg

12. Toward the Meiji Revolution: The Search for “Civilization” in Nineteenth-Century Japan by Karube Tadashi, Translated by David Noble

13. Understanding History in Asia: What Diplomatic Documents Reveal by Hattori Ryuji, Translated by Tara Cannon

Overseas Publishers[edit]

Select titles in the Japan Library series are occasionally published by an overseas publisher.

1. The History of US-Japan Relations: From Perry to the Present edited by Iokibe Makoto, English edition edited by Tosh Minohara *Published by Palgrave Macmillan

2. Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era by Ryosei Kokubun, Yoshihide Soeya, Akio Takahara, Shin Kawashima, Translated by Keith Krulak *Published by Routledge

3. Japan's Quest for Stability in Southeast Asia: Navigating the Turning Points in Postwar Asia by Miyagi Taizo, Translated by Hanabusa Midori *Published by Routledge

4. The Burden of the Past: Problems of Historical Perception in Japan-Korea Relations by Kimura Kan Translated by Marie Speed, Foreword by Gi-Wook Shin *Published by University of Michigan Press

5. The Political History of Modern Japan: Foreign Relations and Domestic Politics by Kitaoka Shinichi, Translated by Robert D. Eldridge with Graham Leonard *Published by Routledge

6. What Is Japanese Cinema?: A History by Yomota Inuhiko, Translated by Philip Kaffen *Published by Columbia University Press


Each year, upon publication, that year's lineup is donated as a set to around 1,000 locations around the world. Recipients are mainly university libraries but also include public libraries, research centers, museum libraries, think tanks, and Japan-related organizations.

Like many academic publishers, Japan Library exhibits at many academic conferences both in and outside of Japan, mainly those related to Asian studies, Japan studies, and international relations.


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