KADOKAWA publishes approximately 5,000 books and magazines every year, creating intellectual property in a wide range of categories, including literature, light novels, comics, children’s books, business books, and lifestyle-related publications.
In addition to publishing paper books and e-books, KADOKAWA is also focused on collaboration with the various websites, video distribution, and content services, as well as overseas expansion.
We also have developed various e-book platforms centered around ”BOOK☆WALKER”, a comprehensive e-book store, and work to discover UGC (User Generated Content) and develop new authors.
Going forward, everyone at KADOKAWA will work towards a comprehensive publishing strategy that goes beyond the boundaries of genre and work to improve our ability to create works that are the source of media mix.
KADOKAWA operates different imprints, including “KADOKAWA Bunko”, “KADOKAWA Horror Bunko”, and publishes more than 300 works of fiction, primarily novels, including the works published in “Shosetsu Yaseijidai”, a literary magazine. The literature business actively cooperates with other departments, such as digital business, media mix, and overseas business, and is developing publications by anticipating the coming era.
We provide content related to work, living, and learning that increases readers’ quality of life and knowledge. A wide variety of books are included in this category, such as business books, how-to books, lifestyle books, non-fiction, translations, essays told in pictures, study guides, language learning books, academic books, and dictionaries. The “KADOKAWA Shinsho”, “KADOKAWA Sophia Bunko”, and “KADOKAWA Sensho” imprints are also included. We hold seminars and sell merchandise.
Since we established the light novel category, we have consistently published hit series. Our media mix includes animation, games, comics created based on novels etc., and goods.We publish light novels that have continued to start various movements as well as new web and UGC-based literature that is rising in popularity. Different labels are always discovering new talent from among the writers winning new-writer awards and from the Web and UGC and providing entertaining novels that are adored by readers.
KADOKAWA publishes a wide range of books for different growth stages, including picture books for infants to preschool children, character books, the “KADOKAWA Manga Gakushu Series”, including Nihon no Rekishi (History of Japan), and “KADOKAWA Tsubasa Bunko”, a collection of books for children. We are considering digital books and books for overseas markets.
KADOKAWA has published many works targeting readers aware of trends in society under the theme, “always anticipating the needs of the times” and has received many manga awards. In recent years, it publishes an increasing number of translated overseas works and electronic works distributed through the “ComicWalker” website before the publication of printed magazines. KADOKAWA also publishes works for overseas markets.
Digitalization that responds to changes in the market continues to progress at KADOKAWA. We sell both paper and electronic formats for many books and magazines, and these are offered through various e-book stores.
E-books in a wide range of genres from over 1,000 publishers are sold on ”BOOK☆WALKER”, a comprehensive e-book store directly operated by our Group.
We also operate ”ComicWalker”, a free manga site, and ”Kakuyomu”, a web novel site.
We will continue to expand our services for both paper and digital formats so that customers can enjoy content on a variety of devices.
We distribute magazines for a variety of generations and hobbies. This includes “Da Vinci”, which introduces seasonal books and comics, “Newtype”, which includes the latest anime information, “Comptiq”, an informational magazine on digital content, “Weekly Famitsu”, a comprehensive game magazine, “DVD & Movie Data”, an informational magazine on films, DVDs, and Blu-ray software, “Lettuce Club”, a lifestyle informational magazine, and “Mainichi ga Hakken”, a subscription magazine for seniors.
As the KADOKAWA group’s media research institute, KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories gathers knowledge in the group and offers optimal one-stop services, including the publication of ASCII media, research, education, creative development and user support.
KADOKAWA UPLINK, headquartered in Okinawa, supports the base of the comprehensive content, including books, magazines, movies, animation and games, of KADOKAWA under different brands.
KADOKAWA UPLINK transmits a range of different types of entertainment information.
KADOKAWA KEY-PROCESS is a production company that continues to evolve pre-press techniques and completely control data to produce multiple types of publication content.
KADOKAWA Game Linkage is attempting to create new value related to games. It develops game media, including publications under the brands of “Famitsu” and “Game no Dengeki”, online services and video distribution, produces gaming team “FAV gaming”, and plans e-sports events.
It will increase the excitement from games to users and will bring the fun of games to more people.
Kadokawa Book Navi promotes sales for a variety of publications of the KADOKAWA group. Staff nationwide regularly visit bookstores and propose displays based on information about hit products and video adaptations. The motto is “Be a bridge between KADOKAWA and readers through the maintenance of displays at bookstores.”
Kadokawa Media House supports the KADOKAWA group and entertainment companies in intellectual property marketing. It is a business solution company that provides support for the planning of advertising and promotions, creative direction, the planning and production of events, space production and the operation of the experience business.
CHOUBUNSHA publishes primarily children’s books. It has published a number of serials, which are placed in schools and public libraries. The company aims to publish books that call for children to think about the importance of life and peace, primarily the two bestselling series Hadashi no Gen and Sekai de Ichiban Mazushii Daitoryo.
In addition to operating ”BOOK☆WALKER”, a comprehensive e-book store, this company conducts business related to the various aspects of e-books. E-books from over 1,000 publishers are sold on ”BOOK☆WALKER”. In addition to selling individual books, they offer two types of subscription services: ”the Unlimited KADOKAWA Novel and Light Novel Plan ”and ”the Unlimited Manga and Magazine Plan”. As services aimed at the international market, they also have developed a global store for the English-speaking world focusing mainly on North America, as well as a Taiwan store for the Chinese market through a Taiwanese subsidiary. Additionally, they work in the e-book agency business, acting as an intermediary between Japanese e-book service providers focused on KADOKAWA Group content, and they also developed and operate ”d Magazine” in cooperation with NTT docomo.
Mainichi ga Hakken publishes “Mainichi ga Hakken” (Every Day Brings Discoveries), a magazine subscription for the elderly, and operates an online shopping catalog for them.
A marketing company that employs non-Japanese influencers who love Japanese anime, manga, light novels, and games. They plan promotions using their own influences, create video, and distribute this video, targeting the English-speaking world.
Building Book Center plays an important role to connect content and customers, including production of the KADOKAWA group’s publications and online sales of books and goods. At “Tokorozawa Sakura Town”, the company will produce and distribute high-quality publications faster than ever, leveraging cutting-edge equipment.
Since February 2016, BOOKWALKER TAIWAN has offered the ”BOOK☆WALKER TAIWAN” service, a traditional Chinese language e-book store. They offer a pleasant digital reading environment through comprehensive technical cooperation with Japan's BOOK☆WALKER, as well as showcasing the charm of Japanese e-books to Chinese readers (traditional characters) focusing mainly on Taiwan.
Founded in Guangzhou, China in 2010. In addition to translating and publishing light novels, literary novels, manga, and collections of paintings, they develop and publish their own Chinese intellectual property. They also work in new fields outside of publishing, including merchandise and anime.
Founded in 2016, J-Novel Club (JNC) engages in the English publication of Japanese light novels and manga and operates a digital subscription service platform. For North America and other English-speaking markets, JNC streams the latest translated chapters through its digital subscription service platform and distributes e-Book format publications of the same titles through major English online stores.
KADOKAWA AMARIN was founded in 2016 by KADOKAWA and AMARIN, the largest publisher in Thailand. In addition to publishing light novels and comics, they also sell merchandise at events in Thailand. They develop a wide range of businesses, including the development of virtual characters, e-books, and e-commerce.
KADOKAWA GEMPAK STARZ is a major publisher of comics and books for children in Malaysia. In 2015, KADOKAWA acquired a stake in it. The company aims to maximize the value of its content by expanding its product lines. It is actively expanding into countries in Southeast Asia, greater China, and English-speaking countries.
Founded in 2005. The only Japanese media company in Hong Kong.They deliver information on Japanese food, travel, and trending culture to Japan lovers in Hong Kong through social media, their website, and other online platforms, ”the Japan Walker @HK magazine” (formerly ”Hong Kong Walker”), and events held in Hong Kong.
Founded in 1999. With eyes fixed on the future of the market of e-books in traditional Chinese characters, BOOKWALKER TAIWAN was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary to transplant the system and knowledge from ”BOOK☆WALKER”, a Japanese e-book site.
In 2019, the Walker business was spun off and WalkerMedia was founded, speeding up the digital transformation. Taiwan KADOKAWA has become the core of the KADOKAWA Group's overseas strategy, growing to become a website that boasts the most views in the Taiwanese travel cuisine field.
Founded in 2019. A joint venture with the Gamania Group, the largest game company in Taiwan. They distribute information on Japanese food, travel, and lifestyles using three brands: ”Taipei Walker”, ”Japan Walker”, and ”WalkerLand”. This is the most popular digital platform in Taiwan for information on travel and food. More than just a form of media that offers information to users through ”WalkerLand”, they aim to offer even higher added value to users by developing services to sell specialty items, travel products, etc.
YEN PRESS was established in 2016 as a joint venture with Hachette Book Group, a major US publisher. YEN PRESS is a leading company in the Japanese light novel market in North America. It is also actively expanding business, including development of original works and entry into other English-speaking countries.