Inspire impossible stories.
These are bold words, and they are what guide us every day at Kodansha.
We believe stories can change people’s lives. In fact, we open a door to a new world every time we discover an author, publish a magazine, license a product, or deliver children’s books to those in need.
Our work reimagines possibility. Our dedication to engaging readers and viewers through new narratives has remained unchanged since our founding in 1909, and over the past 110 years, we at Kodansha have sought out only the most thought-provoking stories to tell. Everything we share is meant to inspire and ignite ideas --- to help us all imagine what’s never before been possible
We will continue crafting new stories that excite us at Kodansha, and aspire to inspire impossible stories in those around us.
A story can become something uniquely special to every person in the world, crossing divisions and connecting one another.
As people break down language, cultural, and technological barriers, we find Japan ever involved with the international community, and we see our core business evolving. Today’s books, magazines, and comics will be tomorrow’s movies, digital contents, anime adaptations and live action films. As we change with the growing global community, the possibilities that were once unimaginable become endless.
Everyone at Kodansha is committed to seeking and shedding light on undiscovered talents; to supporting new voices and visions, and making everything we produce as bold as possible. We consider it an honor to bring life to such innovation and creativity. The stories we share will become a vital link between people across the globe, and ignite new inspiration everywhere.
Our dream is to intersect with impossible stories from all corners of the world, mirroring the intersecting lines held within the Kodansha logo. We hope that one day, anyone who picks up an item branded by Kodansha can enjoy something new and exciting, an encounter with the unexpected, or perhaps be inspired with the impossible.
There are more sides of Kodansha now than as just a comprehensive publisher.
I think many people already know about our award enterprises, including The Noma Prize for Literature and The Eiji Yoshikawa Prize for Literature. In January 2020, we also joined the United Nations SDG Media Compact. These complement our cultural promotion business, including our “Play with Books – Storytelling Troupe.” We continue to contribute to a sustainable society by helping people live environmentally friendly and culturally rich lives. We consistently provide our content in forms and formats which are sustainable for the times and environment. I believe these kinds of considerations are why Kodansha enjoys such a faithful support base.
Over the past ten years, we have focused on deploying our stories not only in print, but in digital formats, websites, animation, live action movies, cultural events and more. We have brought Japan’s renowned manga and anime to our international audience. I believe that it’s thanks to this thoughtful deployment of media that our company has been in top form in recent years.
I feel that publishing really means allowing access to information to everyone. We have challenged ourselves to reinvent publishing into new formats and styles, which has brought us here. Now, I think it is time to take yet another step forward.
Inspire Impossible Stories
We inspire creators, audiences and each other. We constantly strive to lead by example, providing the spark of innovation and creativity.
Stories have the power to open us to new realities. We take on the challenge to imagine beyond today and create never-before-told stories --- tales that seem ‘impossible’ until they’re shared.
We’re storytellers at heart. No matter what we make or share, we’ll always be in the business of engaging readers and viewers through new narratives.
Our logo is a signifier of quality. The connecting panels in our symbol represents the intersection of many ideas, stories and voices. We exist at the intersection of “omoshiroi (interesting)” and “tame ni naru (useful)”, in between the creators and the audience, in both Japan and the international community.
A history of reimagining the world
Working together to deliver stories to everyone
- Representative Director and President
- Yoshinobu Noma
- Head Office
- 2-12-21 Otowa,Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 112-8001 Japan
- November 1909
- 925(as of February 2021)
- ¥300 million
- Overseas Branches
- Kodansha USA, Inc.
Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
Kodansha Europe Ltd.
Kodansha Beijing Culture Ltd.
Kodansha Taiwan Media Group.Co., Ltd.