Corporate Profile

89 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.
41-1, Udagawa-cho,
Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-8081,
Date Established
April 1, 1931
Capital Stock
64.8 million yen
Number of Employees
Total Sales
13.69 billion yen
[As of March 31, 2020]

Message from the President

President Koki Morinaga
President Koki Morinaga

 NHK Publishing, Inc. was established in 1931 in concert with the start of NHK Radio 2. Over the years it has remained committed to the mission of promoting radio and television throughout society, and of enriching the lives of people through publishing.
 The mainstay of our business is the publication of textbooks for NHK programs as well as books and magazines related to other programs. The textbooks are intended to provide helpful explanations to educational programs aired by NHK on television and radio. They assist the viewers’ and listeners’ understanding and learning, and cover a wide range of genres including foreign languages, cooking, gardening, health, hobbies and refinement. We also publish about 250 books and magazines a year, focusing on a range of topics in economics, history, science and culture. They are characterized by the large number of projects related to broadcasting, such as the long-running drama series broadcast in the morning, the year-long historical dramas, as well as the documentary program NHK Special whose lineup includes the “Silk Road,” a nationwide hit in the 1980s, and more recently “The Century in Moving Images.”
 As the Internet and new technologies speed up the integration of broadcasting and telecommunication, and thereby affect the publishing industry, we will make the most of our strong link with broadcasting to take an active role in the new field of electronic publication.
 As a publisher within the NHK group, we will forge ahead as a company that assists our viewers and readers in the cultural aspect.

President Koki Morinaga

Business Information

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
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
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
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.
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.
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.