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Japanese Book Distributor Buys American Stone Bridge Press

Yohan Inc. of Tokyo has purchased Stone Bridge Press, an English-language publisher based in Berkeley, California, specializing in books about Japan and Asia. Founded in 1989 by publisher and editor-in-chief Peter Goodman, the company has more than 85 titles in print and has received numerous awards for publishing excellence.

Among its authors are Donald Richie (THE INLAND SEA, THE JAPAN JOURNALS), Leonard Koren (WABI-SABI) and AWNs Fred Patten (WATCHING ANIME, READING MANGA). Stone Bridge's books about anime, manga, and film have established it as a leading source of information about Japanese popular culture.

"This is great timing, said Goodman Interest in Japan is growing and changing, and as part of the Yohan family we'll have access to new, cutting-edge projects and authors. This will boost us editorially both in Japan and the U.S., as we increase our staff and pursue new markets."

Yohan Inc. ( www.yohan.co.jp), established in 1953, has 120 employees and is the largest distributor of general foreign books and magazines in Asia. It owns several retail bookshops in Japan, including the well-known Aoyama Book Center in Tokyo, as well as the publisher IBC Books.

"We've known and done business with Peter and Stone Bridge for years, so this is a very comfortable match, with big potential for both of us," said Yohan president/ceo Hiroshi Kagawa.

Goodman will remain as chief exec at Stone Bridge. The company plans to expand its output, especially in the area of Japanese and Asian popular culture. Stone Bridge and IBC will also exchange editorial expertise to promote new title development in their respective markets.

Stone Bridge Press (www.stonebridge.com) will continue to be distributed to the book trade in North America by its long-time distributor, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

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