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Kodansha
Kodansha
Ltd. (株式会社講談社, Kabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha) is a Japanese publishing company headquartered in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan. Kodansha
Kodansha
is the largest Japanese publishing company, and it produces the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen Magazine, as well as more literary magazines such as Gunzō, Shūkan Gendai, and the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. The company has its headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo.[1] Kodansha
Kodansha
was founded by Seiji Noma in 1909, and members of his family continue as its owners.

Contents

1 History 2 Relationships with other organizations

2.1 NHK

3 Honors 4 List of magazines published by Kodansha

4.1 Manga
Manga
magazines

4.1.1 Male oriented manga magazines 4.1.2 Female oriented manga magazines

4.2 Literary magazines

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

The exterior of Kodansha's main headquarters in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

Seiji Noma founded Kodansha
Kodansha
in 1909 as a spin-off of the Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai (Greater Japan
Japan
Oratorical Society) and produced the literary magazine Yūben as its first publication. The name Kodansha
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 omoshirokute, tame ni naru (面白くて、ためになる, To be interesting and beneficial). Kodansha
Kodansha
Limited owns the Otowa Group, which manages subsidiary companies such as King Records (official name: King Record Co., Ltd.) and Kobunsha, and publishes Nikkan Gendai, a daily tabloid. It also has close ties with The Walt Disney Company, and officially sponsors Tokyo
Tokyo
Disneyland. Kodansha
Kodansha
is the largest publisher in Japan. Revenues dropped due to the 2002 recession in Japan
Japan
and an accompanying downturn in the publishing industry: 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, Shogakukan, has done relatively better. In the 2003 financial year, Kodansha
Kodansha
had revenues of ¥167 billion, as compared to ¥150 billion for Shogakukan. Kodansha, at its peak, led Shogakukan
Shogakukan
by over ¥50 billion in revenue.) Kodansha
Kodansha
sponsors the prestigious Kodansha
Kodansha
Manga
Manga
Award, which has run since 1977 (and since 1960 under other names). Kodansha's headquarters in Tokyo
Tokyo
once housed Noma Dōjō, a kendo 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
Kodansha
International, at the end of April 2011.[2] Their American publishing house, Kodansha
Kodansha
USA, 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.[3] Many of Kodansha
Kodansha
USA's older titles have been reprinted. According to Daniel Mani of Kodansha
Kodansha
USA, Inc., "Though we did stopped [sic] 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)."[citation needed] Relationships with other organizations[edit] The Kodansha
Kodansha
company holds ownership in various broadcasting companies in Japan. It also holds shares in Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, along with Kobunsha. In the 2005 takeover-war for Nippon Broadcasting System between Livedoor
Livedoor
and Fuji TV, Kodansha
Kodansha
supported Fuji TV by selling its stock to Fuji TV. NHK[edit] Kodansha
Kodansha
has a somewhat complicated relationship with Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Japan's public broadcaster. Many of the manga and novels published by Kodansha
Kodansha
have spawned anime adaptations. Animation such as Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
aired in NHK's Eisei Anime Gekijō time-slot, and Kodansha
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 dynamite fishing in Indonesia. NHK sued Kodansha
Kodansha
in the Tokyo
Tokyo
District Court, which ordered Kodansha
Kodansha
to publish a retraction and to pay ¥4 million in damages. Kodansha appealed the decision, and reached a settlement where it had to issue only a partial retraction, and to pay no damages.[4] Gendai's sister magazine Shūkan Gendai nonetheless published an article which probed further into the staged-footage controversy which has dogged NHK. Honors[edit]

Japan
Japan
Foundation: Japan
Japan
Foundation Special
Special
Prize, 1994.[5]

List of magazines published by Kodansha[edit] Manga
Manga
magazines[edit] This is a list of the manga magazines published by Kodansha
Kodansha
according to their 2012 Company Profile (page 4).[6] Male oriented manga magazines[edit]

Kodomo (Children's) manga magazines

Comic Bom Bom
Comic Bom Bom
(1981-2007) (discontinued)

Shōnen manga
Shōnen manga
magazines

Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Magazine
(Since 1959) Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Magazine
(Since 1975) Shōnen Sirius (Monthly) (Since 2005) Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Magazine
(Monthly) (Since 2009)

Discontinued

Shōnen Magazine
Magazine
Wonder (????-????) Monthly Manga
Manga
Shōnen (1947-1955) Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Magazine
(1964-1974) (After a suspension, changed name to "Monthly Shōnen Magazine" in 1975) Magazine
Magazine
Special
Special
(Monthly) (1983-2017) Monthly Shōnen Rival
Monthly Shōnen Rival
(2008-2014)

Seinen manga
Seinen manga
magazines

Weekly Young Magazine
Magazine
(Since 1980) Monthly Young Magazine
Magazine
(Since ????) Morning (Weekly) (Since 1982) (Originally called "Comic Morning") Morning 2 (Monthly) (Since 2006) Afternoon (Monthly) (Since 1986) Good! Afternoon
Good! Afternoon
(Monthly) (Since 2012), (Bi-monthly) (From 2008-2012) Evening (Bi-weekly) (Since 2001)

Discontinued

Magazine
Magazine
Z (1999-2009) Young Magazine
Magazine
Uppers (1998-2004)

Female oriented manga magazines[edit]

Shōjo manga
Shōjo manga
magazines

Nakayoshi
Nakayoshi
(Monthly) (Since 1954) Bessatsu Friend
Bessatsu Friend
(Monthly) (Since 1965) Betsufure
Betsufure
(Quarterly) (Since ????) Dessert (Monthly) (Since 1996) Aria (Monthly) (Since 2010) Nakayoshi
Nakayoshi
Lovely (5 issues per year) (Since ????) The Dessert (Monthly) (Since ????)

Discontinued

Shōjo Club (????-????) Shōjo Friend
Shōjo Friend
(1962-1996) Mimi (1975-1996)

Josei manga
Josei manga
magazines

Be Love
Be Love
(Bi-weekly) (Since 1980) (Originally called “Be in Love”) Kiss (Bi-weekly) (Since 1992) Kiss Plus (Bi-monthly) (Since ????) ITAN (Quarterly) (Since 2010)

Literary magazines[edit]

Gunzo, monthly literary magazine Mephisto, tri-annual literary magazine focusing on mystery and detective stories Faust

See also[edit]

Tokyo
Tokyo
portal Companies portal Books portal Anime and manga portal

Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial House Kodansha
Kodansha
Noma Memorial Museum Noma Award Tuttle Publishing Vertical (company)

References[edit]

^ "Company Overview Archived 2011-04-26 at the Wayback Machine.." Kodansha. Retrieved on April 5, 2011. "Address: 12-21, Otowa 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo
112-8001, Japan" ^ Kamiya, Setsuko and Mizuho Aoki, " Kodansha
Kodansha
International to close doors", Japan
Japan
Times, 4 March 2011, p. 1. ^ Kisshomaru Ueshiba "[1]", Kodansha
Kodansha
USA, Inc.,Sept. 4, 2012. ISBN 9781568364094 ^ "NHK インドネシア「爆弾漁法」". Engei.s17.xrea.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.  ^ Japan
Japan
Foundation Special
Special
Prize, 1994 ^ http://corp.kodansha.co.jp/english_pdf/companyprofile_en.pdf

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kodansha.

Kodansha
Kodansha
Official Japanese website (in Japanese) Kodansha
Kodansha
Official English Website Kodansha USA Official Website Kodansha USA Official Website

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Kodansha
Kodansha
manga magazines

Kodomo

Comic BomBom
Comic BomBom
(defunct)

Shōjo

Aria Bessatsu Friend Dessert Nakayoshi Shōjo Club (defunct) Shōjo Friend
Shōjo Friend
(defunct)

Shōnen

Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius Weekly Shōnen Magazine Magazine
Magazine
Special
Special
(defunct) Monthly Shōnen Rival
Monthly Shōnen Rival
(defunct) Shōnen Club
Shōnen Club
(defunct)

Josei

Aria Be Love Dessert Kiss

Seinen

Evening Good! Afternoon Monthly Afternoon Monthly Young Magazine Morning Two Weekly Morning Weekly Young Magazine Bessatsu Young Magazine
Magazine
(defunct) Magazine
Magazine
Z (defunct) Young Magazine
Magazine
Uppers (defunct)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 134204114 LCCN: n50060535 ISNI: 0000 0001 2162 1015 GND: 7585341-3 SUDOC: 050241931 BNF: cb135075982 (data) NLA: 35277991 NDL: 00258

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