Rights Edition: Tokyo and Kansai Rights Meetings Announced

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Two rights meetings are being restored to physical operations in November by Japan’s Publishing Industry Foundation.

At Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, May 9. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Ben Bryant

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Tokyo November 1 and 2; Kyoto November 8 and 9
As so many events go back into active production, we have news from the Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture that both the Tokyo Rights Meeting and the Kansai Rights Meeting in Kyoto are being scheduled to make a return to full physical presentation in November.

Details at this point are still being developed, but because these are strictly physical events, we know that some readers will want to get them onto their calendars and begin making preparations for travel now.

“With the lessening of the pandemic and gradual reopening of borders around the world,” colleagues at the industry foundation write, the rights meetings are returning “to present great books from Japan to the world.

“In addition to the revival of this year’s meeting in Tokyo, a sister event will be held the following week in Kyoto to showcase publishers in the Kansai region.”

Here are particulars of the two meetings for advance scheduling.

Tokyo Rights Meeting

  • Dates: November 1–2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Venue: 2-6-5 Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0033, Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center TAITO-KAN 5F
  • Nearest station: Asakusa Station, five-minute walk
  • Exhibitors: Approximately 80 companies are anticipated, with an exhibitor list to be finalized shortly
  • Registration: This form is available for registrants to use. Registration is free to everyone interested. Information on accommodation, transportation, and optional tours is to be supplied. Registration is preferred but not required. Information submitted will be shared only with exhibitors.

Kansai Rights Meeting

  • Dates: November 8–9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Venue: 78 Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8491, the Kyoto Keizai Center Building, 2F, Kyoto Sangyo Kaikan Hall (Central and South)
  • Nearest station: Karasuma Station
  • Exhibitors: Approximately 80 companies are anticipated, with an exhibitor list to be finalized shortly
  • Registration: This form is available for registrants to use. Registration is free to everyone interested. Information on accommodation, transportation, and optional tours is to be supplied. Registration is preferred but not required. Information submitted will be shared only with exhibitors.

We’ll carry more details as they’re provided to us.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Japanese market is here, more on international rights trading is here, more on book markets in Asia is here, and more on industry-facing trade shows, book fairs, and other programs is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.