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Grant Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This program provides support for foreign publishers to conduct projects of translating and/or publishing Japanese works to promote Japanese Studies and a better understanding of Japan. This program encourages foreign publishers to publish Japan-related books that are difficult to publish commercially, by assisting with reduction of the selling price, and thus making the books more accessible to the general public.

Eligibility Overseas publishers (corporations). Domestic publishers may also apply only if there is a written contract/ agreement with foreign book distribution companies.

*Individuals such as authors and translators are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects Translation and/or publication of works completed between April 20, 2019 and February 29, 2020 and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • (1) The works to be translated and/or published must be materials written in Japanese which introduce Japanese culture in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts;
  • (2) Translation must be made directly from the original work. Retranslation of works already translated into another language will be considered for applications from countries where the number of translators is limited;
  • (3) Approval must have previously been obtained from the original copyright holder allowing translation and publication of the work (in case of making a retranslation, also approval from the translator of the text should be obtained);
  • (4) Contract that establishes the amount of the translator's fee must be concluded between the publisher and the translator(s). Paying the translator's fee through royalties is not acceptable;
  • (5) When the applicant requests support for translation, a part of the draft of the translation should be already completed by the time of applying (November 20, 2018);
  • (6) Applicant's publishing plan, budget and schedule must be concrete and feasible.

The following projects will not be considered:

  • a. projects that will be used for religious or political purposes;
  • b. periodicals, special issues, proceedings;
  • c. museum catalogues, guidebooks, pamphlets;
  • d. language dictionaries and Japanese teaching materials;
  • e. works not to be expected for wide-distribution, including ones only to be distributed for free.

*This program has been renewed and from FY 2013, it will no longer support publishing newly written works related to Japan.

Grant Coverage Part of the following expenses:

  • (1) Translation: Part of the translator's fee;
  • (2) Publication: Part of the printing and binding costs.


Please note that only the expenses paid after April 1, 2019 are considered.

Applicants may apply for both translation and publication of a project.

Grant payment will be made after the completion of the project.

The average amount of assistance for FY 2018 is 550,000 Yen.

Number of Grants for FY 2018 21 out of 63 applications


Selection Policy

(1) Screening will be made in line with the following criteria and decisions will be made after consulting with outside specialists:

  • a. Necessity of grant from the Japan Foundation;
  • b. Quality of the content and translation of the work, necessity of publication in the applicants' countries and languages, and adequacy of project plan;
  • c. Spillover effect and adequacy of distribution plan.

(2) The following projects may be given relatively higher evaluation:

  • a. Publication of the book considered to give wide influence on the society, readers and researchers in the applicant's country;
  • b. In the case of first introduction of the writer in the applicant country, moreover in the case of a world premier;
  • c. In the case the numbers of publication onJapanin the language the direct translation will be made are limited or in the areas where works onJapanare rarely published.


Application Deadline

  • November 20, 2018


Notification of Results

April 2019

More information:

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in English


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