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Books from Japan

Books from Japan is an ongoing online "book fair" that introduces Japanese works of fiction and nonfiction to overseas publishers, editors, and other interested readers. The site is operated by the Books from Japan team of the Foundation for the Advancement of Juvenile Education in Japan.

The site has two main sections: a database of books selected by the Books from Japan team, and a Publishers' Corner of "booths" where participating publishers can introduce their books. The database features books in the following categories:

Literature: Works that have won one of Japan's major literary awards since 2000.
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Children & YA: Works for children and young adults selected by a committee of specialists in juvenile literature.

Language Texts: The most widely exported texts used in Japanese-language pedagogy overseas.

Other Categories: Works in how-to, hobby, and other non-literature categories.

Books from Japan provides synopses and author profiles for hundreds of books in these categories, with more added on a regular basis throughout the year.

Additionally, the site's News & Updates section provides news and commentary on books published in Japan, while the Publishers' Corner provides Japanese publishers with space to introduce new books, bestsellers, and upcoming publications.