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Parent company The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings
Status Active
Founded 1886
Country of origin Japan
Publication types Novels, books, manga and magazines
Official website

Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc. (株式会社中央公論新社, Kabushiki-gaisha Chūōkōron-shinsha) is a Japanese publisher. It was established in 1886, under the name Kabushiki-gaisha Chūōkōron-sha (株式会社中央公論). In 1999, it was acquired by The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings,[1] and its name was subsequently changed to Chūōkōron-shinsha.


The company publishes a wide variety of material, including numerous novels, books, manga and several magazines, including the famous literary magazine Chūōkōron (中央公論) and Fujinkōron (婦人公論). It also organizes a variety of prestigious literary awards and prizes across Japan, such as the renowned Chūōkōron Prize.[2]

Among the numerous novels published by the company include Hiroshi Mori's The Sky Crawler series, which has recently been announced to be adapted into an anime film directed by the renowned director Mamoru Oshii.[3] The company has also published numerous manga, including Keiji Nakazawa's famed Barefoot Gen series, Monkey Punch's famed Lupin III series, Keiko Takemiya's Hensōkyoku, Riyoko Ikeda's noted works The Rose of Versailles, Jotei Ekaterina and Ten no Hate Made: Poland Hishi, Kaoru Kurimoto and Yumiko Igarashi's The Sword of Paros, Go Nagai's Violence Jack, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Waga na wa Nero, and numerous others.


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