from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

legal form Kabushiki-gaisha
( joint stock company )
ISIN JP3288600004
founding 1909
Seat 2-12-21, Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8001
management Yoshinobu Noma
野 間 省 伸
Number of employees 932 (as of May 2019)
sales 116 billion yen (2015)
Branch publishing company
Website www.kodansha.co.jp

Kōdansha Headquarters - Old (left) and new main buildings (right), Tokyo 2006

KK Kodansha ( jap. 株式会社講談社 Kabushiki-gaisha Kodansha , English Kodansha Ltd. ) is a large Japanese literature - and manganese - publishing with the main office in Bunkyo , Tokyo . Kōdansha publishes both manga magazines and more literary magazines such as Gunzō , Gendai and Shūkan Gendai as well as the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten . The publishing house annually honors special publications in this category with the Kodansha Manga Prize .

The publishing house was founded by Noma Seiji in November 1909 and in the first few decades published almost exclusively magazines. In 1923 the publisher had its first bestseller with Taisho daishinsai Daikasei , a book about the Kanto earthquake that had just happened .

The publisher's titles are increasingly being brought onto the market digitally. In 2015, 90% of the new titles were also available in electronic formats. In the same year the publisher had a share of the Japanese print market of around 12%.

Publishing program (selection)

In addition to manga magazines and general magazines, the publisher's program also includes fiction, guides, children's books, biographies, and novel and light novel series as well as dictionaries.

  • Umesao Tadao: Nihongo Daijiten ( 日本語大 辞典 , Large Japanese Dictionary, illustrated). 1989 and 1995
  • Jack Halpern: The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KALD) . Kodansha America, New York, 2002 ISBN 4-7700-2855-5

Manga magazines


Other magazines

subsidiary company

  • Beijing Hurricane CultureDai-Ichi Tsushinsha
  • Daiichi Paper
  • King Record Company
  • Kobunsha
  • Kodansha Advanced Media
  • Kodansha BC
  • Kodansha Beijing Culture
  • Kodansha Busico
  • Kodansha Business Partners
  • Kodansha Comic Create
  • Kodansha Editorial
  • Kodansha Europe
  • Kodansha Gakugei Create
  • Kodansha Human Network
  • Kodansha International
  • Kodansha Pal
  • Kodansha Scientific
  • Kodansha Taiwan Media Group
  • Kodansha USA
  • Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Nikkan Gendai
  • Otowa Building
  • Star Seas Company
  • Tanka Kenkyu-sha
  • Toyokuni Printing
  • Vertical

The Noma Cultural Foundation, The Japan Forum and the Noma Institute of Educational Research are also affiliated with the company.

Web links

Commons : Kodansha  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g Kodansha - Company Profile, 2016-2017. (PDF; 5.14MB) In: www.kodansha.co.jp. Retrieved July 2, 2019 .
  2. a b 会 社 案 內 - Company Info, 2016-2017. In: www.kodansha.co.jp. Retrieved July 2, 2019 (Japanese).

Coordinates: 35 ° 43 ′ 5.5 ″  N , 139 ° 43 ′ 38.9 ″  E