Shueisha, Hearst Fujingaho and other publishers begin online distribution of magazine content in Chinese-speaking areas

The distribution service is provided through Kono Digital, which provides all-you-can-read e-magazine subscription services mainly in Taiwan.

The 23 companies distribute their magazine content through “Nihon Zasshi-kan,”a Japanese magazine section established in Kono’s application to draw attention to Japanese magazines. Traditional Chinese characters are used in some of the magazines while other magazine content is provided in Japanese.

These companies are determined to continue promoting Japanese magazines overseas, mainly in Asia, as part of a “project of having magazines travel around the world.”


  • The content of about 57 Japanese magazines is being distributed online.
  • Main participating magazines: Non-no, Men’s Non-No, Fujingaho, Dancyu, Weekly Toyo Keizai, Diamond Weekly, etc.
  • Distribution of content in traditional Chinese initially undertaken by four magazines (Non-no, Men’s Non-No, Fujingaho, Men’s Club)
  • Fee: US$4.99(monthly)

Earlier this year, we spoke to Akira Iwase of Shueisha Publishing and Stanley Chien of Kono about how Kono helps publishers convert Japanese printed text, written vertically, into digitally compatible html text to not only to use in digital magazines and apps but also to make it easier to translate for an international audience. Read the story here.

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