Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc. (株式会社中央公論新社, Kabushiki-gaisha Chūōkōron-shinsha) is a Japanese publisher. It was established in 1886, under the name Kabushiki-gaisha Chūōkōron-sha (株式会社中央公論). In 1999, it was acquired by The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings,[1] and its name was subsequently changed to Chūōkōron-shinsha.

Parent companyThe Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings
Country of originJapan
Publication typesNovels, books, manga and magazines


The company publishes a wide variety of material, including numerous novels, books, manga and several magazines, including the famous literary magazine Chūōkōron (中央公論) and Fujin Kōron (婦人公論). It also organizes a variety of prestigious literary awards and prizes across Japan, such as the renowned Chūōkōron Prize.[2]

Among the numerous novels published by the company include Hiroshi Mori's The Sky Crawler series, which has recently been announced to be adapted into an anime film directed by the renowned director Mamoru Oshii.[3] The company has also published numerous manga, including Keiji Nakazawa's famed Barefoot Gen series, Monkey Punch's famed Lupin III series, Keiko Takemiya's Hensōkyoku, Riyoko Ikeda's noted works The Rose of Versailles, Jotei Ekaterina and Ten no Hate Made: Poland Hishi, Kaoru Kurimoto and Yumiko Igarashi's The Sword of Paros, Go Nagai's Violence Jack, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Waga na wa Nero, and numerous others.


  1. ^ "Yomiuri Shimbun on verge of absorbing Chuokoron". The Japan Times. 1999-11-08. Retrieved 2007-06-20.
  2. ^ "Tsuneo Watanabe Named Cannes 2007 Media Person of The Year". Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  3. ^ "The Sky Crawlers: Mamoru Oshii's New Film Unveiled!". Production I.G. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2007-06-23.

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