In Japan, over 80,000 books are published every year. Many of them are notable works that should be shared with the rest of the world. However, the language barrier and the limited number of translations have been standing in the way.
Enter JAPAN LIBRARY, a truly rich and eclectic collection of remarkable Japanese books in translation hand-picked by experts in not only Japanese culture, but also politics, foreign policy, philosophy, social studies, and science and technology.
Established in cooperation with publishing professionals and many leading lights of various fields, JAPAN LIBRARY promises to reach a wider global audience. In doing so, we hope the collection will inspire and spark new intellectual dialogues that transcend nations and societies.




An Introduction to Yokai Culture

Monsters, Ghosts, and Outsiders in Japanese History

Komatsu Kazuhiko
Translated by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt

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Myth and Deity in Japan

The Interplay of Kami and Buddhas

Kamata Toji
Translated by Gaynor Sekimori

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The Entrepreneur Who Built Modern Japan

Shibusawa Eiichi

Shimada Masakazu
Translated by Paul Narum

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The Self-Defense Forces and Postwar Politics in Japan

Sado Akihiro
Translated by Noda Makito

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Unsung Heroes of Old Japan

Isoda Michifumi
Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter

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Global Class Japanese SMEs

Kurosaki Makoto
Translated by Larry Greenberg

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The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country

The Disconnect between Japan's Malaise and Its Millennials

Furuichi Noritoshi
Translated by Raj Mahtani

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Self-Respect and Independence of Mind

The Challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi

Kitaoka Shinichi
Translated by James M. Vardaman

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Bushido and the Art of Living

An Inquiry into Samurai Values

Alexander Bennett

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Perspectives on Sino-Japanese Diplomatic Relations

The Yomiuri Shimbun Political News Department
Translated by John Rossman

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Japan in Asia

Post-Cold-War Diplomacy

Tanaka Akihiko
Translated by Jean Connell Hoff

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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

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Human Resource Development in Twentieth-Century Japan

Inoki Takenori
Translated by Tony Gonzalez

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Japan's Wooden Heritage

A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture

Fujimori Terunobu and Fujitsuka Mitsumasa
Translated by Hart Larrabee

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Soetsu Yanagi

Selected Essays on Japanese Folk Crafts

Yanagi Soetsu
Translated by Michael Brase

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The History of US-Japan Relations

From Perry to the Present

Edited by Iokibe Makoto
English Ed. edited by Tosh Minohara

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Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era

Ryosei Kokubun, Yoshihide Soeya, Akio Takahara, Shin Kawashima
Translated by Keith Krulak

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Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

The Japanese Philosophy of Transience

Takeuchi Seiichi
Translated by Michael Brase

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Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography

Edited by Tsutsui Kiyotada
Translated by Noda Makito and Paul Narum

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If There Were No Japan

A Cultural Memoir

Roger Pulvers

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Kabuki, a Mirror of Japan

Ten Plays that Offer a Glimpse into Evolving Sensibilities

Matsui Kesako
Translated by David Crandall

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The People and Culture of Japan

Conversations Between Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro

Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro
Translated by Tony Gonzalez

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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

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Tree-Ring Management

Take the Long View and Grow Your Business Slowly

Tsukakoshi Hiroshi
Translated by Hart Larrabee

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The Building of Horyu-ji

The Technique and Wood that Made It Possible

Nishioka Tsunekazu and Kohara Jiro
Translated by Michael Brase

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Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan

Edited by Kanamori Osamu
Translated by Christopher Carr and M. G. Sheftall

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Listen to the Voice of the Earth

Learn about earthquakes to save lives

Oki Satoko
Translated by Takako Iwaki

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