|Kabushiki gaisha Shōgakukan|
|Founded||August 8, 1922|
|Masahiro Ōga (President, CEO)|
|Products||Magazines, manga, picture books, light novels, educational books, reference books, other books|
Number of employees
Shogakukan founded Shueisha, which also founded Hakusensha. These are three separate companies, but are together called the Hitotsubashi Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Japan. Shogakukan is headquartered in the Shogakukan Building in Hitotsubashi, part of Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, near the Jimbocho book district. The corporation also has the other two companies located in the same ward.
In the United States
Shogakukan's licensing arm in North America was ShoPro Entertainment; it was merged into Viz Media in 2005.
Shogakukan's production arm is Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions (previously Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.)
In Europe, manga from Shōgakukan and Shūeisha are published by local publishers such like Pika Édition, Ki-oon, Kana and Kazé for the French market, and Kazé, Carlsen, Egmont and Tokyopop for the German market. Shogakukan, Shueisha and ShoPro have made a joint venture named Viz Media Europe. Viz Media Europe bought in 2009 the French Kazé Group whose activities are mainly publishing manga and home video for the French and German market.
In Southeast Asia
The company has a wholly owned subsidiary, Shogakukan Asia, headquartered in Singapore. Besides producing popular titles in English such as Detective Conan, Pokémon and Future Card Buddyfight, the company also partners with local creators such as Johnny Lau to publish comic series for distribution in Southeast Asia.
New Manga Awards
Genghis Khan controversy
On February 15, 2018, CoroCoro Comic (aka "Gekkan Corocoro Comic"), a children's magazine published by Shogakukan published its March issue with a cartoon making fun of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire. The comic depicted a mischievous boy drawing juvenile things on pictures of famous people, such as a dog's face on a picture of Albert Einstein. Genghis Khan was depicted with a crude rendering of male genitalia on his forehead. Initially after some backlash, Shogakukan offered an apology addressed to the Mongolian Embassy in Tokyo on February 23, but it failed to mollify reactions by the Mongolians in Japan who regard Genghis Khan a national hero.
On February 26, Mongolians and citizens from China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region residing in Japan sent a formal letter of protest to Shogakukan and a group of approximately 90 demonstrators protested in front of Shogakukan Inc.'s headquarters. Major bookselling chains, Kinokuniya, Miraiya and Kumazawa pulled the publication off its shelves after the Mongolian Embassy of Tokyo filed an official complaint with the Japanese Foreign Ministry. In March 2018, Shogakukan issued a further public apology, announced a national recall of the magazine and offered reimbursement to magazine goers. CoroCoro Comic's website also published an apology by Asumi Yoshino, author of the serialized manga, Yarisugi!!! Itazura-kun, which contained the controversial cartoon drawing.
List of magazines published
Male oriented manga magazines
- Children's manga magazines
- CoroCoro Comic (Since 1977)
- Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic (Since 1981)
- CoroCoro Ichiban! (Since 2005)
- Shōnen manga magazines
- Weekly Shōnen Sunday (Since 1959)
- Shōnen Sunday Super (Since 1978)
- Shōnen Big Comic (1979–1987) (discontinued)
- Monthly Shōnen Sunday (Since 2009)
- Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday (別冊少年) (1960–1974)
- Seinen manga magazines
- Big Comic (Since 1968)
- IKKI (2003-2014) (discontinued)
- Monthly Sunday Gene-X (Since 2000)
- Weekly Young Sunday (1987–2008) (discontinued)
Female oriented manga magazines
Woman's weekly magazine (since 1805)
- Children's manga magazines
- Pucchigumi (ぷっちぐみ) (since 2006)
- Shōjo manga magazines
- Betsucomi (Since 1970)
- Cheese! (Since 1996)
- ChuChu (2000–2010, now discontinued)
- Ciao (Since 1977)
- Shōjo Comic (Since 1968), called Sho-Comi since December 2007
- Josei manga magazines
- CanCam (Since 1982)
Shogakukan produces (or makes part of the production of) anime based on their mangas, mostly through their subsidiary Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions.
Tentōmusi Comics (Japanese: てんとう虫コミックス【てんとうむしコミックス】, Hepburn: Tentōmushi Komikkusu), abbreviated TC, is the imprint used for tankōbon editions of manga series serialized in Monthly CoroCoro Comic and Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic magazines.
- Gagaga Bunko, one of the Light Novel Imprints by Shogakukan
- Jinbōchō Theater, owned and operated by Shogakukan
- List of manga published by Shogakukan
- List of works published by Shogakukan
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- Vizmedia Europe rachète le groupe Kazé
- Organisation du groupe Vizmedia Europe
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- "てんとう虫コミックス 藤子･Ｆ･不二雄シリーズ 公式サイト｜小学館".