Corporate Profile

90 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
217
Total Sales
13.58 billion yen
[As of March 31, 2021]

Message from the President

President Seiki Doi
President Seiki Doi

 NHK Publishing, Inc. was established in 1931 and marks its 90th anniversary in 2021. During this time, the company evolved in step with the growth of NHK’s radio and television broadcasting. Mainly through the publication of reference texts for programs as well as books related to the broadcast, we have accommodated people’s motivation to study and assisted them in cultural enrichment and achieving well-being.
As digitalization permeates society, the way products are offered is changing dramatically. While sales of published material falters, our company deals not only with e-publishing, but also Internet-based language applications and more. We also strive to enhance our agile marketing power using social networking services and web media that will contribute to securing sales and profit.
In line with NHK, which holds up “the pursuit of new features unique to NHK,” we will work closely with our group organizations and, with a focus on the educational field, make further efforts to develop and expand appealing contents.
A project to rebuild the building where we are headquartered has started and we consider this as a major opportunity. While seeking new working styles in the post-Covid era, we will create an efficient and ideal business system and, as the only publisher in the NHK group, continue to meet the expectations of our viewers and readers while striving for our 100th year in business.

President Seiki Doi

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.