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History of kobunsha

1945年―

1945.10
Kobunsha Company Limited established
1954.10
“Kappa Books,” a library of highly successful nonfiction annual best sellers, is launched following the succession of a number of hit works.
1958.12
Josei Jishin (Women’s self), one of Kobunsha’s pillars in women’s weekly magazines, is launched.
1966.12
Kappa Books’ Mental Calisthenics by Akira Tago becomes a best seller.
1975.04
The monthly women’s magazine JJ is launched, leading to numerous life-size fashion booms such as “Hamatora” (Yokohama Traditional) previously nonexistent with Japanese women.
1984.04
CLASSY., a monthly magazine targeting women in their late twenties, is launched.
1984.08
Kobunsha Pocketbooks” is launched.
1986.11
FLASH, a weekly photojournalistic magazine focusing on entertainment news is launched.
1990.09
Gainer, a monthly magazine targeting white-collar males in their twenties and thirties, is launched.
1995.06
The women’s fashion magazine VERY is launched. A ground-breaking publication aimed at a new market of affluent housewives in their thirties, creating some vogue phrases such as “Shiroganese,” a naming for women living in posh area.

1945-1999

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2000年―

2001.10
Kobunsha Books” is launched, which creates topsellers such as Taliban.
2002.11
STORY, a pioneering fashion magazine targeting women in their forties, is launched.
2004.10
Mart, a monthly magazine providing information on women’s lifestyles, is launched.
2005.09
Shinya Yamada’s Why Don’t Laundry Pole Peddlers Go Bankrupt? published by Kobunsha Books sells over one million copies.
2006.05
Memories of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Ogiwara is made into a film, produced by and starring Ken Watanabe. This is Kobunsha’s first venture into the film industry.
2006.09
Kobunsha New Translations of Classics Library” is launched. This instigates a boom in new translations of the classics with The Brothers Karamazov and many other classic novels, which become best sellers.
2008.03
HERS, a monthly lifestyle magazine aimed at women in their fifties, is launched.
2009.08
Be STORY (The Story of beauty, be ST in 2011), a version of STORY, is launched. This magazine names women who have both beauty and intelligence “Beautiful Witch”, that becomes a hot phrase and achieves a great deal of popularity.
2013.01
Strawberry Night series by Tetsuya Honda, which has sold over three millions copies, is brought to the screen.
2013.04
The Great Passage by Shion Miura, the work that won Bookseller Award in 2012, is brought to the screen.

2000-

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