Book Donations: Instructions for applicants

FORGING GLOBAL TIES

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 below by submitting applications to the Book Donation Secretariat after reading the Application Guidelines.

Currently, organizations that have been recommended by the Japanese Embassies and Consulates in your country and Consulates are eligible to be the possible recipients of book donation. We will officially announce the recipients after the screening.

A. “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” Book Donation

These 100 books, which were selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars, journalists, etc., cover five categories: Politics & International Relations, Economy & Business, Society & Culture, Literature & Arts, and History.

B. Application Guidelines

When applying for this program, please make sure that all information is written in English or Japanese, and send one set of the following documents: 1) A cover letter, 2) an application form, and 3) a book checklist to the secretariat below*.

a) Eligibility:

  • University libraries and public libraries used by scholars and students
  • Libraries serving a general public
  • Libraries attached to research organizations and think tanks

Note: Priority will be given to institutions that have not previously received books through this program.

b) Application Deadline: September 21, 2019.

After receiving your application, the secretariat will send you a message acknowledging receipt. If you do not receive it, please contact the secretariat*. The application will be screened and successful applicants will be announced by the end of October, 2019.

c) Costs:

The Nippon Foundation is fully responsible for shipping expenses. However, libraries are responsible for payment of customs fees, VAT and other related charges incurred in the destination country.

*Book Donation Secretariat:

Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC)**.
100books@jpic.or.jp
**The Nippon Foundation has outsourced the administration work to JPIC for handling applications for 2019.

C. Recipient Libraries(2008-2018)

Year/Country PDFAsia (PDF / 110KB) PDFAfrica (PDF / 76KB) PDFOceania (PDF / 53KB) PDFEurope (PDF / 225KB)
2008 2 0 0 11
2009 13 1 5 78
2010 46 12 7 60
2011 44 20 3 40
2012 31 11 4 50
2013 4 1 0 3
2014 0 0 0 3
2015 4 4 0 4
2016 0 0 0 0
2017 4 13 1 12
2018 4 8 3 15
Total 152 70 23 276
Year/Country PDFMiddle East (PDF / 116KB) PDFLatin America (PDF / 118KB) PDFNorth America (PDF / 235KB) PDFTOTAL (PDF / 309KB)
2008 0 0 45 58
2009 2 2 193 294
2010 11 14 29 179
2011 12 13 48 180
2012 9 15 24 144
2013 0 0 0 8
2014 0 0 0 3
2015 1 0 0 13
2016 4 0 0 4
2017 3 5 0 38
2018 6 10 0 46
Total 48 59 339 967