The goal of the READ JAPAN PROJECT is to use outstanding books to provide readers around the world with an accurate picture of Japan. In particular, the foundation hopes to reach out to young researchers who are interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals specializing in areas other than Japanese studies.

We have been making significant efforts in promoting the understanding of Japan to overseas countries and working closely with different governmental bodies over the years. However, it seems that further information and data about Japan are still much needed and to be provided to opinion leaders or intellectuals in foreign countries. In addition to mediums such as TV, movies, animations, newspaper or internet, reading a book can be still the most effective way to explore and study different aspects of Japan. In light of this, the Nippon Foundation has launched the book donation project since 2008. The book selection committee carefully had selected English books about Japan. Distributing the book catalog, the Nippon Foundation has donated books to libraries and research institutions in different countries, aiming to promote the understanding of Japan to foreign opinion leaders and researchers whose specialized subject are not necessarily Japanese studies. As of April 2020, we have donated books to 1,011 institutions in 136 countries.

Apart from book donation, we have introduced English books about Japan in the READ JAPAN PROJECT. We also hold other activities such as the first Tokyo International Literary Festival in Japan, fostering Japanese to English and English to Japanese translators, and publications for translated books.

Regarding the book donation, application details can be found in the READ JAPAN PROJECT website, which will be launched by the end of this August. Applications will be open starting from the beginning of September 2020.

For more information, please refer to our website READ JAPAN PROJECT or the brochure.

Application period for book donation 2020 is September 16th to October 9th, and the guideline is uploaded at the following web site.