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This website can be searched by keyword or theme. Also includes interviews with authors, articles related to publishing, and information on the top-selling books in Japan.
This site allows you to do a cross-search of many databases for books; search by topic, find relevant books and then find book reviews.
Japanese Book News
The Japan Foundation publishes a quarterly review of new books in Japanese which is also available as a pdf file. Includes an evaluation of publishing trends, interviews with Japanese authors and reviews of new titles. Full bibliographic information and price is included.
Kōdansha book club
Includes reviews of books published by Kōdansha published in national newspapers.
Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals
English language journals:
The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and the Journal of Japanese Studies publish the most extensive reviews. Monumenta Nipponica has substantial reviews and is particularly useful for its reviews of books published in Europe often overlooked by other sources. All 3 journals are available online through JSTOR except for the most recent 2-5 years. Academic Search Premier will cover recent books reviews, but it does not include Monumenta Nipponica. Another alternative is to search Web of Science which includes all 3 journals, but is more cumbersome to search.
Japanese language journals:
Zasshi kiji sakuin indexes book reviews published in scholarly journals.