Bungeishunjū Ltd. (Kabushiki-gaisha Bungeishunjū) was established in Japan in 1923 by the best selling writer Kan Kikuchi. In addition to books, the company also publishes 10 cultural magazines, including the leading monthly magazine Bungeishunjū.

Bungeishunjū grants the annual Akutagawa Prize, established in 1935, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan, as well as the annual Naoki Prize for popular novelists and the annual Bungeishunjū Manga Award for achievement in Manga literature.

The publishing house has built a strong tradition for discovering new literary talent, and keeps a high profile in freedom of speech and in anti-piracy issues.

Key company developments in 2011 & 1st half year 2012


Revenues have been declining at Bungeishunjū over the past five years continuously, from 31 billion JPY to the current level of 25.47 billion JPY.

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Bungeishunju operates an office in New York, US.



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Note: Figures are based on sales generated in calendar 2011 or—for corporations with a fiscal year—from fiscal 2011. Data are from publicly available sources and include sales of books, journals, and digital products. Because publishing data were unavailable, Pannini and Disney/Hyperion are excluded from the rankings. The listing and publisher profiles were compiled by international publishing consultant Rudiger Wischenbart under the aegis of Livres Hebdo.