Yohan buys Stone Bridge Press

Aug 30th 2005
Japanese book distributor buys American publishing company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jaime Starling, Stone Bridge Press – PO Box
8208, Berkeley, CA 94707 – 510-524-8732 tel/ 510-524-8711 fax,
[email protected]

August 2005 (Berkeley, CA) -- Stone Bridge Press, LLC, of Berkeley,
California, has been purchased by Yohan, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan.

Stone Bridge Press is an English-language publisher specializing in
books about Japan and Asia. Founded in 1989 by publisher and
editor-in-chief Peter Goodman, the company has over 85 titles in
print and has received numerous awards for publishing excellence,
including two Benjamin Franklin Awards. Among its authors are Donald
Richie (The Inland Sea, The Japan Journals) and Leonard Koren
(Wabi-Sabi). Stone Bridge's books about anime, manga, and film have
established the press as a leading source of information about
Japanese popular culture.

"This is great timing. Interest in Japan is growing and changing,"
says Goodman, "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 US, as we increase our staff and
pursue new markets."

Yohan, Inc., established in 1953 and now headed by President and CEO
Hiroshi Kagawa, 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," says CEO Kagawa.

Goodman will remain as chief executive at Stone Bridge's offices in
Berkeley. 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 will continue to be distributed to the book trade
in North America by its long-time distributor, Consortium Book Sales
and Distribution.

Pictured: Yohan CEO Hiroshi Kagawa and Stone Bridge Press Publisher
Peter Goodman in Tokyo. On the table is Stone Bridge Press's most
recent title, "Jrock, Ink." which is about Japanese rock music's
growing popularity in North America.

See the photo at:
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http://www.stonebridge.com and http://www.yohan.co.jp

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