In a bid to increase sales in Japan, Harvard Business School Press has formed a partnership with Random House Kodansha to collaborate on a new imprint that will publish Japanese translations of selected HBS Press titles. The first titles under the copublishing agreement will be released next spring, and HBS Press expects 12 to 15 titles to be published under the imprint annually.

Sharon Rice, director of publicity for HBS Press, said RHK has formed an advisory team to pick the titles for the unnamed imprint. RHK will get worldwide Japanese-language rights to the books it selects. HBS Press will continue to offer Japanese-language rights to other publishers for books that are not part of the RHK venture, Rice said.

The agreement covers forthcoming, current and backlist titles. The first three books to be published under the imprint will be The Future of Competition, Strategy Maps and Out of the Box.