Read Japan

The Read Japan program aims to make a wide variety of books from Japan available to foreign audiences by working in partnership with libraries, publishers, authors and translators.

Read Japan comprises two projects:

1. Book Donations

The Read Japan program donates books about contemporary Japan to libraries overseas. Libraries can apply to receive books from the “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” catalogue by submitting applications to The Nippon Foundation after reading the Application Guidelines.

  • This project is currently under review, and applications are not being accepted at this time.

2. 100 Books from Japan Recommended for Translation

The 100 books―fifty works of fiction and fifty works of nonfiction―introduced below were selected by two respective committees of authors, translators, critics, and academics.

The list is not exhaustive―nor exclusive―but suggestive of where interested publishers and translators might begin.