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. Kodansha is the largest Japanese publishing company, and it produces the
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Weekly Shōnen Magazine is a weekly Shōnen manga, ''shōnen'' manga anthology published on Wednesdays in Japan by Kodansha, first published on March 17, 1959. The magazine is mainly read by an older audience, with a large portion of its readership falling under the ma ...
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'','' as well as the more literary magazines '' Gunzō'', ''
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''. Kodansha was founded by Seiji Noma in 1909, and members of his family continue as its owners either directly or through the Noma Cultural Foundation.


History

Seiji Noma founded Kodansha in 1909 as a spin-off of the ''Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai'' (, "Greater Japan Oratorical Society") and produced the literary magazine ''Yūben'' () as its first publication. The name ''Kodansha'' (taken from '' Kōdan Club'' (), a now defunct magazine published by the company) originated in 1911 when the publisher formally merged with the ''Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai''. The company has used its current legal name since 1958. It uses the motto . Kodansha Limited owns the Otowa Group, which manages subsidiary companies such as
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(official name: King Record Co., Ltd.) and
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, and publishes ''Nikkan Gendai,'' a daily tabloid. It also has close ties with
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, and officially sponsors
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. Kodansha is the largest publisher in Japan. Revenues dropped due to the 2002 recession in Japan and an accompanying downturn in the
publishing industry Publishing is the activity of making information, literature, music, software and other content available to the public for sale or for free. Traditionally, the term refers to the creation and distribution of printed works, such as book A ...
: the company posted a loss in the 2002 financial year for the first time since the end of World War II. (The second-largest publisher,
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, has done relatively better. In the 2003 financial year, Kodansha had revenues of ¥167 billion, as compared to ¥150 billion for Shogakukan. Kodansha, at its peak, led Shogakukan by over ¥50 billion in revenue.) Kodansha sponsors the prestigious
Kodansha Manga Award is an annual award for serialized manga Manga (Japanese Japanese may refer to: * Something from or related to Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle on a ...
, which has run since 1977 (and since 1960 under other names). Kodansha's headquarters in Tokyo once housed
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practice-hall established by Seiji Noma in 1925. The hall was demolished in November 2007, however, and replaced with a dōjō in a new building nearby. The company announced that it was closing its English-language publishing house, Kodansha International, at the end of April 2011. Their American publishing house,
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, will remain in operation. Kodansha USA began issuing new publications under the head administrator of the international branch Kentaro Tsugumi, starting in September 2012 with a hardcover release of ''The Spirit of Aikido.'' Many of Kodansha USA's older titles have been reprinted. According to Daniel Mani of Kodansha USA, Inc., "Though we did stopped
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publishing new books for about a year starting from late 2011, we did continue to sell most of our older title throughout that period (so Kodansha USA never actually closed)." In October 2016, Kodansha acquired publisher
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Ichijinsha
and turned the company into its wholly owned subsidiary.


Relationships with other organizations

The Kodansha company holds ownership in various broadcasting companies in Japan. It also holds shares in
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, along with Kobunsha. In the 2005 takeover-war for
Nippon Broadcasting System , or JOLF, is a Japanese radio station in Yurakucho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, next to the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Founded in 1954, it is together with Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, the flagship station of the National Radio Network (Japan), Nation ...
between
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and
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Fuji TV
, Kodansha supported Fuji TV by selling its stock to Fuji TV.


NHK

Kodansha has a somewhat complicated relationship with
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NHK
(Nippon Housou Kyoukai), Japan's
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. Many of the manga and novels published by Kodansha have spawned anime adaptations. Animation such as ''
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'', aired in NHK's ''Eisei Anime Gekijō'' time-slot, and Kodansha published a companion-magazine to the NHK children's show '' Okāsan to Issho''. The two companies often clash editorially, however. The October 2000 issue of ''Gendai'' accused NHK of staging footage used in a news report in 1997 on
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in Indonesia. NHK sued Kodansha in the Tokyo District Court, which ordered Kodansha to publish a retraction and pay ¥4 million in damages. Kodansha appealed the decision, and reached a settlement whereby it had to issue only a partial retraction, and to pay no damages. ''Gendai''s sister magazine ''Shūkan Gendai'' nonetheless published an article probing further into the staged-footage controversy that has dogged NHK.


Honors

*
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: Japan Foundation Special Prize, 1994.


List of magazines


Manga magazines

This is a list of the manga magazines published by Kodansha according to their 2012 Company Profile (page 4).


Male-oriented manga magazines

;''Kodomo'' (children's) manga magazines *
Comic BomBom was a monthly Japanese manga magazine published by Kodansha and targeted at elementary school boys. Each issue had 700+ pages, with 80 of them being full-color advertisements. Similar to its rival ''CoroCoro Comic'', it featured tie-ins with game ...
(1981–2007) (discontinued) ;''Shōnen'' manga magazines *''
Weekly Shōnen Magazine is a weekly Shōnen manga, ''shōnen'' manga anthology published on Wednesdays in Japan by Kodansha, first published on March 17, 1959. The magazine is mainly read by an older audience, with a large portion of its readership falling under the ma ...
'' (since 1959) *''
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'' (since 1975) *'' Shōnen Sirius'' (monthly since 2005) *''
Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine is a Japanese monthly manga Manga (Japanese Japanese may refer to: * Something from or related to Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle on a white rectan ...
'' (monthly since 2009) *''Shōnen Magazine Edge'' (monthly since 2015) *''Shōnen Magazine R'' (monthly since 2015) *''Suiyōbi no Sirius'' (website, since 2013) *''Magazine Pocket'' (app/website, since 2015) ;;''Discontinued'' *''Monthly Manga Shōnen'' (1947–1955) *''
Magazine Special was a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha and first launched with a cover date of September 5, 1983. Its audience demographic is geared toward younger teenage boys, and contents tend to be predominantly sports stories and high ...
'' (monthly, 1983–2017) *''
Monthly Shōnen Rival was a Japanese monthly ''shōnen manga, shōnen'' manga magazine by Kodansha that ran from April 4, 2008 to June 4, 2014. It was issued on the 4th of every month. As with Shueisha's ''Jump Square, Jump SQ.'' and Shogakukan's ''Monthly Shōnen Su ...
'' (2008–2014) *''Monthly Shonen Magazine+'' (2011-2014) ;''Seinen'' manga magazines *''
Weekly Young Magazine is a Japanese weekly anthology magazine published in Tokyo each Monday by Kodansha. The magazine was started on June 23, 1980 and is targeted at the adult male (seinen manga, ''seinen'') demographic. It was published bimonthly, on the second and ...
'' (since 1980) *''Monthly Young Magazine'' (since 2009) *''
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'' (weekly since 1982; originally called ''Comic Morning'') *''Morning 2'' (monthly since 2006) *''
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'' (monthly, since 1986) *''
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'' (monthly since 2012; bi-monthly from 2008 to 2012) *''
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'' (bi-weekly since 2001) *''Comic Days'' (app/website, since 2018) *''Yanmaga Web'' (website, since 2020) ;;''Discontinued'' *''
Monthly Magazine Z was a Japanese seinen are Japanese comics Manga (Japanese Japanese may refer to: * Something from or related to Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle ...
'' (1999–2009) *''
Young Magazine Uppers was a semimonthly seinen manga magazine, published in Japan from April 1, 1998 until October 19, 2004 by Kodansha. List of serialized manga * ''Piano no Mori'' by Makoto Isshiki (1998-) * ''Garōden'' by Keisuke Itagaki and Baku Yumemakura (1999- ...
'' (1998–2004) *''Young Magazine the 3rd'' (monthly, 2014-2021)


Female-oriented manga magazines

;''Shōjo'' manga magazines *''
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'' (monthly since 1954) *''
Bessatsu Friend is a Japanese shōjo manga magazine published by Kodansha, aimed at teenage girls. It was originally conceived as a ''bessatsu,'' or companion magazine, to ''Shōjo Friend'', which is no longer published. ''Bessatsu Friend'' is commonly known ...

Bessatsu Friend
'' (monthly since 1965) *'' Betsufure'' (quarterly since ????) *''
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'' (monthly since 1996) *''Nakayoshi Lovely'' (5 issues per year, since ????) *''The Dessert'' (monthly, since ????) ;;''Discontinued'' *''Shōjo Club'' (????–????) *''
Shōjo Friend was a shōjo manga , also as ''shojo'' or ''shoujo'', are aimed at a teen female - readership. The name romanizes the word (''shōjo''), literally meaning "young woman". ''Shōjo'' manga covers many subjects in a variety of narrative styl ...
'' (1962–1996) *''Mimi'' (1975–1996) *''
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'' (monthly, 2010–2018) ;''Josei'' manga magazines *''
Be Love ''Be Love'' is a Japanese monthly (bimonthly May 1982-2018) manga magazine Manga (Japanese: 漫画 ) are comics a Media (communication), medium used to express ideas with images, often combined with text or other visual information. ...
'' (bi-weekly since 1980; originally called ''Be in Love'') *''
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'' (bi-weekly since 1992) *''Kiss Plus'' (bi-monthly, ????-2014; succeeded by ''Hatsu Kiss'') *''ITAN'' (quarterly since 2010) *''Hatsu Kiss'' (bi-monthly 2014-2018, monthly 2018-2021) ;Web magazines *''Honey Milk'' (BL magazine) *''Ane Friend'' *''comic tint''


Literary magazines

* ''
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'', monthly literary magazine * ''
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'', tri-annual literary magazine focusing on mystery and detective stories * ''
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See also

* Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial House * Kodansha Noma Memorial Museum *
Noma AwardThe Noma Prizes were established by Shoichi Noma, or in his honor. More than one award is conventionally identified as the ''Noma Prize''. Noma was the former head of Kodansha, the Japanese publishing and bookselling company. Kodansha is Japan's la ...
*
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*
Vertical (company) Vertical is a Japanese language, Japanese novel and manga imprint (trade name), imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing. Founded in 2001 by Hiroki Sakai, in February 2011, the company was bought by Kodansha (46.7%) and Dai Nippon Printing (46.0%). The ...


References


External links


Kodansha Official Japanese website



Kodansha USA Official Website

Kodansha USA Official Website
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