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93 Top Japanese Publishing Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Publishing companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Publishing industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japanese Publishing Startups

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Nexon

Nexon

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Nexon is an entertainment software developing company that creates free-to-play online games.

Kakao Japan

Kakao Japan

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Kakao Japan is a free smartphone calling and messenger application.

Kakao Japan

PoliPoli

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PoliPoli is a next-generation politics co-creation platform where you can participate like a game.

Kakao Japan

Spectee

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Spectee is a start-up company that specializes in analyzing various data especially on social media.

Kakao Japan

PR Times

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PR TIMES is, toward sensitive consumers to trend, and will deliver the attention of the press release earlier than news.

Kakao Japan

Lovegraph

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Lovegraph (Love graph), photographer to accompany a couple of our dating, is a service that leaves two people talking to are wearing.

Kakao Japan

INBOUND TECHNOLOGY

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INBOUND TECHNOLOGY is a Japanese society faces many challenges due to the declining birthrate and aging population.

Kakao Japan

Happy Elements Japan

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Happy Elements is focused on the development of social, web, and mobile games as well as publishing services.

Kakao Japan

KAMOMEYA

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Kamomeya is an island and live because of inconvenience in transportation and transportation.

Kakao Japan

Brangista

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Brangista is an e-magazine publishing company that provides web promotion support business and more.

Kakao Japan

Listeners

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Listeners is a Publishing and sales of books, magazines and digital media company.

Kakao Japan

DORAEVER

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DORAEVER specializes in the editing and publishing of job information magazine.

Kakao Japan

Toppan Printing

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Toppan Printing is a developer and manufacturer of a variety of communication based electronics.

Kakao Japan

3rdKind

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3rdKind is a Japanese smartphone game publisher.

Kakao Japan

CyberStep

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CyberStep is a publisher of interactive entertainment like online games.

Kakao Japan

Mynavi

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Mynavi Corporation provides information services.

Kakao Japan

Books & Company

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Books & Company is providing a wide range of readers with new works that are in line with the times.

Kakao Japan

Konami Digital Entertainment

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Konami Digital Entertainment develops, manufactures, and publishes electronic entertainment products.

Kakao Japan

EXNOA

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EXNOA delivers games planned and developed in-house and game titles with the cooperation of publishers to users.

Kakao Japan

The Bullion Desk

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This is the home of The Bullion Desk online

Kakao Japan

Media Do

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Media Do is an online platform that stores and distributes ebook content on behalf of book publishers.

Kakao Japan

Kodansha

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Kodansha is the publisher in Japan and produces the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen Magazine.

Kakao Japan

Kadokawa Corporation

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Kadokawa Co is a publishing & media firm dealing with publishing, film, operation of network entertainment service & other services.

Kakao Japan

The Asahi Shimbun Company

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The Asahi Shimbun Company is a publishing company that offers daily Japanese-language newspaper.

Kakao Japan

Kyodo News

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Kyodo News is a non-profit cooperative news agency that provides international news.

Kakao Japan

Square Enix Group

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Square Enix Group publishes, distributes, and licenses entertainment content around the world.

Kakao Japan

Timeout

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Timeout is a publishing company

Kakao Japan

NTT DATA Global Solutions

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NTT DATA Global Solutions is a globalization demands of systems due to global expansion of Japanese company

Kakao Japan

The Diplomat Magazine

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The Diplomat is the premier international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region.

Kakao Japan

ZigZaGame

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Planning, development and management of smartphone games

Kakao Japan

Shueisha

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Shueisha is an entertainment magazine publishing company that published weekly magazines such as Playboy and LEE.

Kakao Japan

VOYAGER

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VOYAGER develops digital publishing system and digital marketing tools.

Kakao Japan

Sony Music Entertainment Japan

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Sony Music is a management and management of the entire Sony Music Group by holding shares.

Kakao Japan

OTOBANK

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OTOBANK is a publishing production company.

Kakao Japan

DIAMOND

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DIAMOND publishes and sales magazines, books and digital media.

Kakao Japan

Idea Factory

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Idea Factory is a Japanese video game developer and publisher.

Kakao Japan

Indigames

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Indigames specializes in game publishing and game development services.

Kakao Japan

Nikkei BPnet

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Nikkei BPnet is a comprehensive website that offers information for business professionals.

Kakao Japan

Helte

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Light up the world

Kakao Japan

Uni Create

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Uni Create is a xR content production IT venture.

Kakao Japan

The Japan Times

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The Japan Times is the oldest and the only independent English language newspaper in Japan.

Kakao Japan

Individual Company Inc

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Individual Inc. provides news services.

Kakao Japan

TV Asahi

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TV Asahi is a Japanese television network covering drama series and high-quality variety shows.

Kakao Japan

Galaxy

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Galaxy is a publishing and media company.

Kakao Japan

Tokuma Shoten

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Tokuma Shoten is a publisher company engages in the publishing of music, video game, movies, anime, magazines, manga and books.

Kakao Japan

Nikkei Asian Review

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Nikkei Asian Review is an English-language publication that brings insights about business, finance, economic, and political news in Asia.

Kakao Japan

BOOK WALKER

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BOOK WALKER is an electronic bookstore that provides popular works from various publishers.

Kakao Japan

NNA JAPAN

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NNA JAPAN is a news publishing company that provides economic and business information services.

Kakao Japan

Impress Group

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Impress Holdings is a specialized media group focusing on IT, music, design, nature, and mobile services.

Kakao Japan

Ubisoft Japan

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Ubisoft Japan provides game software publishing and licensing services.

Kakao Japan

The Okinawa Times

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The Okinawa Times is a provider of newspapers for news, gourmet foods, gifts, and event information.

Kakao Japan

Toyo Keizai

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Toyo Keizai is a leader in business publishing and a trusted commentator on Japanese politics and economics.

Kakao Japan

Phoenixx

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Phoenixx is a video game development company that provides video games and publishing services.

Kakao Japan

GIONEXT

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GIONEXT specializes in website creation, GIS and publishing data services.

Kakao Japan

Enish

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Enish is a mobile game development and publishing company.

Kakao Japan

SPORTS NIPPON NEWSPAPERS

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Sports Nippon Newspapers is a sports newspaper publisher that features newspaper-type weekly manga.

Kakao Japan

Gakken Holdings Japan

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Gakken Holdings is a publishing company that also produces educational toys.

Kakao Japan

Lifebear

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Japan’s largest notebook app with calendar, todo, notebook and diary

Kakao Japan

SHINCHOSHA

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SHINCHOSHA is a publishing company that distributes and publishes literature and art books and magazines.

Kakao Japan

EXASOL

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EXASOL engages in the information and communication services business.

Kakao Japan

Bunkasha

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Bunkasha is a publishing company specialized in comics, magazines and books.

Kakao Japan

Hearst Digital Japan

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“Hearst Digital Japan Co., Ltd.” accelerates the growth of the digital business

Kakao Japan

KENTSU SHIMBUNSHA

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KENTSU SHIMBUNSHA publishes news related to the construction industry.

Kakao Japan

Hokkaido Shimbun Press

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Hokkaido Shimbun Press is a newspaper publisher that features Hokkaido Shimbun morning newspaper and evening newspaper.

Kakao Japan

X-Knowledge

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X-Knowledge is a publisher of magazines, mooks and books that provides information on architecture, design, computers and their peripherals.

Kakao Japan

Peacemind

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Peacemind is an Implementation of stress check, organizational analysis, organization consulting company.

Kakao Japan

CHUCO Co., Ltd.

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CHUCO is a Japan-based company that publishes and distributes free papers and magazines.

Kakao Japan

IndieSquare

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IndieSquare is a publishing company for APIs and SDKs for developers.

Kakao Japan

Shinko Music Entertainment

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Shinko Music Entertainment is an online marketplace that provides books, music, and magazines.

Kakao Japan

AWA Japan

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AWA is a Music Distribution platform

Kakao Japan

Beeworks

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Beeworks focuses on publishing services, advertising and sales promotion, web production, and game development.

Kakao Japan

HAIR

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personalized trends, hair stylists, and items

Kakao Japan

CAMELOVE

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Cameloveis a Camera equipment rental subscription service.

Kakao Japan

K.Sense

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K.Sense is a newspaper and magazine publishing company.

Kakao Japan

CHARACTER DATABANK

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CHARACTER DATABANK provides media business, web, publishing, marketing research business and consulting business.

Kakao Japan

oricon ME

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oricon news is a Production and operation music distribution service.

Kakao Japan

Brainy

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Brainy is a publisher trading desk that offers unique solutions to customers.

Kakao Japan

MouseComputer

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Mouse is a contact point that connects people and computers.

Kakao Japan

Shoeisha

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Shoeisha is a publishing company that specializes in computer and software books.

Kakao Japan

Senken Shimbun

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Senken Shimbun is a Japanese fashion newspaper.

Kakao Japan

link-ties

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link-ties provides publishing, digital media, and event services.

Kakao Japan

Playism

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The worldwide indie publisher specializing in localization, PC & console publishing.

Kakao Japan

Core Magazine

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Core Magazine focuses in the editing and publishing of subculture magazines, comics, adult magazines, etc.

Kakao Japan

Gakken Plus Japan

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Gakken Plus is a publishing business offering a catalog of books and magazines.

Kakao Japan

AIC

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AIC specializes in the publishing business, content business and ICT solution business.

Kakao Japan

Telemac

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Telemac engages in music production in general and dispatch of live musicians.

Kakao Japan

Kyodo News Digital

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Kyodo News Digital distributes news and builds systems in the digital field such as news sites and signage.

Kakao Japan

Cuore

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Cuore provides web production, graphics, video production, and IT services.

Kakao Japan

Kadokawa Haruki Office

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Kadokawa Haruki Office is a publishing company that publishes books, paperback books, and magazines.

Kakao Japan

The Home Living

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The Home Living is a newspaper for furniture and home furnishing.

Kakao Japan

VOUTIQUE

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VOUTIQUE is a media, publishing, and public relations support company.

Kakao Japan

Japan Hydrographic Association

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Japan Hydrographic Association offers reproducing and distributing Japanese nautical, aeronautical and electronic navigational charts.

Kakao Japan

Index Press

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Index Press is a science & engineering, computers, civil engineering and environmental publishing company.

Written by Mark Fitz

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