Japanese Section of IBBY

Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY)

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Tokyo 101-0051

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Ms Kazumi Uno

E-mail: kazumiranfu@icloud.com

(address of the section)



Ms Naoko Torizuka

E-mail: ntorizuka@jbby.org

(address of the section)


Bookbird Correspondent

Ms Aki Maezawa

Email: elmersdragon418@gmail.com

(address of the section



In the catalog, Japanese Children's Books 2020, we provide information about recent Japanese books recommended by a JBBY book selection and review team in several categories: picture books, chapter books and novels, and nonfiction. In addition, we introduce Japanese winners of and nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen Award; books selected for the IBBY Honour List from Japan; and recent translations into Japanese recommended by JBBY.

The Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY) was founded in 1974 as the Japanese Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). JBBY is dedicated to enhancing international understanding, and to providing information on children’s books to people around the world. We promote IBBY’s mission in a broad range of ways. Our international network allows us to take advantage of the prolific information generated by IBBY and to encourage mutual understanding. Our mission is to create a peaceful future for children worldwide through books. 

JBBY hosts international book exhibitions in Japan that provide information about global titles to Japanese readers. In addition, we provide information on Japanese children’s books to people around the world. We nominate titles for international recognition, as a means to deepen global understanding towards Japan.

The books of 2020 Honour List and the 2021 Outstanding Books for Children with Disabilities were exhibited in Japan, see pictures here

The 2019 IBBY Selection was part of an exhibition in Tokyo and toured to nine other sites in Japan. JBBY found innovative ways to hold an exhibition despite the Covid restrictions - their report and photos of the exhibition can be found here