To make the wealth and breadth of Japanese tradition and thinking more accessible worldwide.
Over 80,000 books are published every year in Japan, offering a diverse selection of information and ideas. In this great ocean of books, there are many works that can be enjoyed by a global audience, with troves of timeless knowledge amassed across the ages that both transcend history and cross borders. However, many such books remain largely unknown due to the language barrier and therefore limited number of translations.
JAPAN LIBRARY is a collection of specially selected Japanese works in English, providing a broad range of titles from the vast canon of nonfiction--politics, foreign policy, social sciences, culture, philosophy, science and technology, and more. We strive to provide the deft translations and worldwide distribution needed to make the best of these works more accessible to a wider audience. We believe these works provide a useful start in fostering mutual discussion and understanding, ultimately contributing towards the enrichment of a universal, global knowledge.