Haruki Murakami made a rare, surprise appearance at a Fukushima literary event, where he compared the loneliness of writing with frying oysters.
In Japan, the HMV and Tower Records brands live on, with HMV opening a new flagship bookstore in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood.
Claiming they were being pushed to resign due to unfair personal evaluations, four employees at Amazon Japan have unionized.
At Frankfurt, look out for these hot titles from Japan, including Asia’s answer to Karl Ove Knausgaard, in the form of a lonely girl lost in the big city.
When Tsutaya Bookstores partnered with the Takeo Library, the result was a stunning building that left only enough money to stock it with cast off books.
With more than two million copies in print, Japanese comedian Naoki Matayoshi’s novel Spark is on track to be the bestselling Akutagawa Prize-winner ever.
Kate Ohara offers an overview of hot titles, authors and literary trends in Japan aimed at overseas agents and scouts on the prowl for book rights.
Kinokuniya, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, has purchased 90% of the print run of Haruki Murakami’s new book to encourage readers to go to physical store.