About JAPAN LIBRARY / 事業概要

Outstanding books, now available in English

In Japan, under the auspices of free speech and press, over 80,000 books are published every year, offering a diverse selection of literature to the nation’s readers.

In this great ocean of books, we believe there are many works that should be enjoyed by not only a Japanese audience, but by a wider global audience as well. However, many such books, due to the language barrier and the limited number of translations, remain, for the most part, unread overseas.

JAPAN LIBRARY is, by publishing specially selected Japanese works into English, here to introduce to the world “the diverse and multi-layered aspects of Japan and Japanese thought” and “the rich and colorful world of Japan.” With this knowledge from Japan, JAPAN LIBRARY hopes to contribute towards the creation of a universal, global knowledge. The books for JAPAN LIBRARY are hand-picked from a wide range of areas including politics, foreign policy, social studies, culture, philosophy, and science and technology. Furthermore, by offering these works in both traditional and electronic format, JAPAN LIBRARY hopes to present a view of the real and intrinsic Japan for the world to enjoy.

Japan possesses troves of timeless knowledge amassed across the ages–treasures that are distinctively Japanese that, nonetheless, transcend history and international borders. JAPAN LIBRARY is loading these treasures onto ships we call books and venturing forth into the open sea. The voyage of these books will cover great distances over time, and reach a countless number of readers across the globe. And once it does, the treasure on board will shine anew, as these readers polish them with their own, distinctive intellects and sensibilities. This new shine–this new radiance–will surely light the way to the world’s shared future.

With our faith firmly placed in the boundless power of the book, we will endeavor to fulfill JAPAN LIBRARY’s vision.



「JAPAN LIBRARY」は、日本の良書を英訳出版することで、『日本の魅力を世界に発信する』『多様で重層的な日本の姿や思想を提示する』、そして『"日本の知"が"世界の知"の創造に貢献する』ことを目指しています。本シリーズでは、日本という土壌に根付く独自の思想、芸術、また技術を伝えるものから、社会学・歴史学におけるアカデミックなものまで、これまであまり翻訳されてこなかった分野の書籍を積極的に選書していきます。そして、それらを広範な地域で、多くの皆様に読んでいただけるよう、伝統的な書物のスタイルのみならず、電子出版等でも発信しています。多彩でありながら"リアル"な日本の姿をお楽しみください。

日本には、永い歴史の中で育まれた「時代を超え、国境を越えて通じる普遍的な日本の叡智」というかけがえのない宝物があります。「JAPAN LIBRARY」は、その「宝物」を「書物」という舟に乗せ、大海原へと漕ぎ出します。舟に乗せられた「宝物」は、それを受け取った方々の知性や感性でさらに磨かれ、新たな輝きを得て、未来を照らす光となるでしょう。私たちは、優れた書物にはそんな"無限の力と可能性"があると信じて、「JAPAN LIBRARY」に取り組んでまいります。ご期待ください。