Corporate Profile

84 Years of Publications with NHK Broadcasts

In 1931, NHK Publishing, Inc. was established at the same time as NHK Radio 2 to provide textbooks for NHK Radio 2 programs.
NHK Publishing, Inc. continues to strive to meet the challenges and demands of the ever-changing and developing world of broadcasting.

Corporate Information

Corporate Name
NHK Publishing, Inc.
Address
41-1, Udagawa-cho,
Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-8081,
Japan
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Date Established
April 1, 1931
Capital Stock
64.8 million yen
Number of Employees
249
Total Sales
15.43 billion yen
[As of July 1, 2015]

Message from the President

President Koji Koizumi
President Koji Koizumi

For more than 80 years, NHK Publishing, Inc. has been dedicated to providing publications to help enrich the lives of our readers. Books have the role of providing knowledge and wisdom to this generation and the coming generations as well. During this time of change and development, the role and responsibility of publications are great, and they will only increase in the years to come.

The majority of NHK Publishing, Inc.’s business focuses on publishing textbooks for NHK programs as well as materials related to other programs offered by NHK. Our publications cover a wide variety of subjects in conjunction with the many programs offered through NHK. Subjects include foreign language learning, cooking, gardening, health, and hobbies. Publications related to programs also include economics, history, science and culture, as well as other areas of study. In total, we publish over 250 books and magazines each year.

Presently, we are actively pursuing the new field of e-publishing as the use of smartphones and tablets is becoming more widespread among our readers.

As the publishing company within the NHK group, we are committed to supporting our viewers, listeners and readers in life and cultural aspects through our publications.

President Koji Koizumi

Corporate History

Business Information

Textbooks
Textbooks for NHK TV and radio programs are published prior to the programs’ broadcasts.
Clear explanations in the textbooks help viewers and listeners better understand the contents of the programs they are studying.
e-books and
e-magazines
Every month, over 40 titles, mostly of the textbooks for NHK programs, are published in e-form. At present there are over 900 e-book titles provided from NHK Publishing.
Some of these titles are offered worldwide through international e-bookstores such as Kindle, Zinio and others.
Books and
Magazines
Our largest endeavor is to develop products related to NHK programs, such as special documentaries, the Taiga Saga drama series, as well as others.
Advertisement and
Cross-Media
We handle advertisements for magazines including NHK textbooks and drama guidebooks. We also provide a wealth of NHK textbooks and other materials for companies and organizations. In addition, we offer other services which include customized
publishing, the making of pamphlets and brochures, and the creation of applications.
Listening
Translation Rights
We conduct business regarding the sale of translation rights for publication,
focusing on the markets in Europe, the United States, and Asia such as China,
South Korea and Taiwan.
Program-related
Merchandise for Retail
Viewers and listeners can better appreciate and enjoy our programs with related goods and accessories sold through our company.
Music Publishing and
Copyright Management
We oversee copyright management and master licensing for theme music and tunes used in NHK programs as well as creating and distributing master data.