Kodansha

Company Information & Key Figures

About

Kodansha was started by Seiji Noma in 1909, as a spin-off of the Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai (Greater Japan Oratorical Society). Its first publication was the literary magazine Yūben. The name Kodansha (taken from „Kōdan Club“, a now defunct magazine published by the company) was first used in 1911 when the publisher formally merged with the Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai. The company’s current legal name has been in use since 1958. Its motto is „Omoshirokute tame ni naru“ (To be interesting and beneficial).

The company also owns the Otowa Group, which manages subsidiary companies such as King Records and Kobunsha, and publishes Nikkan Gendai, a daily tabloid. It also has close ties with The Walt Disney Company and is an official sponsor of Tokyo Disneyland.

Kodansha for long was considered the largest publisher in Japan, and at one point yearly revenues were over 200bnYen. However due to the recent Japanese recession and an accompanying downturn in the publishing industry, revenues have been dropping, and the company is now rivaled by Shogakukan. Kodansha also sponsors the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award, which has run in its current form since 1977 (since 1960 under other names).

The company is a stockholder in various broadcasters across Japan and is believed to hold around 20% of the TBS Group’s stock. It also holds stock in Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, along with Kobunsha. In the recent Nippon Broadcasting System takeover war between Livedoor and Fuji TV, Kodansha supported Fuji TV by selling their stock to them.

1. General information201720162015
Corporate name of mother companyKabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha (Kodansha Limited)
株式会社講談社
Kabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha (Kodansha Limited)
株式会社講談社
Kabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha (Kodansha
Limited) 株式会社講談社
Corporate headquarter (country)JapanJapanJapan
Corporate headquarter (city)TokyoTokyoTokyo
Legal status of the groupprivateprivateprivate
Ownership structure / main shareholder(s)owned by the Noma Familyowned by the Noma Familyowned by the Noma Family
Key personnel
(Chairperson, CEO, publisher, et al. – name, title)
Yoshinobu Noma (Representative Director and
President), Yoshihiko Nakazawa (Director,
Publications Department), Yoshio Irie (CEO,
Kodansha USA Publishing)
Yoshinobu Noma (Representative Director and
President), Yoshihiko Nakazawa (Director,
Publications Department), Yoshio Irie (CEO,
Kodansha USA Publishing)
Yoshinobu Noma (Representative Director and
President), Yoshihiko Nakazawa (Director,
Publications Department), Yoshio Irie (CEO,
Kodansha USA Publishing)
Total number of employees (group)924901902
Name of the publishing divisionKodanshaKodanshaKodansha
Publishers‘ headquarter countryJapanJapanJapan
Publishers‘ headquarter cityTokyoTokyoTokyo
Website (publishing group)www.kodansha.co.jpwww.kodansha.co.jpwww.kodansha.co.jp
2. Financial information201720162015
Source for financial informationJapan Company Yearbook and trade media reportsJapan Company Yearbook and trade media reportsJapan Company Yearbook and trade media reports
Consolidated yes/noyesyesyes
Currency for financial informationmYenmYenmYen
Total revenues
from publishing (million)
117,957117,288116,815
Net profits / EBIT / EBITDA
from publishing (million)
1900n.a.1,400
Notesfiscal year ending November 30, 2017fiscal year ending November 30, 2016fiscal year ending November 30, 2015

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