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August 1, 2017 Irregular Shipping Schedule

Oxford University Press will be closed on Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th for the annual Obon holidays. Also, we will be relocating to a new warehouse in order to improve our services and operations in the late August, 2017. As a result, shipping of orders made on the OUP Japan website will be delayed during the following time periods. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
From Thursday, August 24th through Monday, September 3rd, 2017

During the time periods above, you can still place orders on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at elt.japan@oup.com .

July 13, 2017 Reserve your place at Oxford Day 2017

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting academics and education in Japan, Oxford University Press, is delighted to present Oxford Day 2017. This year's theme, THE POWER OF LANGUAGE, will bring together local and international speakers to discuss the influence language has on social, political, legal and educational issues. Please click here for more information and to pre-register online.
 

July 10, 2017 Oxford University Press Office Closure

Oxford University Press will be closed from Monday, August 14th through Tuesday, August 15th for the annual Obon holidays. Regular business will resume on Wednesday, August 16th.

July 4, 2017 OUP Academic Book on Japan wins Kokkiken Japan Study Award

OUP author June Teufel Dreyer, a professor at University of Miami, has been named the 4th Kokkiken Japan Study Award recipient for her study The Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present (2016, OUP). The award is given by the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals to non-Japanese researchers including first generation naturalized persons who conducted outstanding research which increases the understanding of Japan in the areas of politics, national security, diplomacy, history, education and culture. Her neutral analysis based on thorough objective research was evaluated and honored this time.

May 16, 2017 The Oxford Companion to Cheese wins the 2017 James Beard Book Award

The Oxford Companion to Cheese has won the 2017 James Beard Book Award for Reference and Scholarship. The Companion contains 855 A-Z entries on cheese history, culture, science, and production. This is the second year in a row OUP has won a Beard award, with last year’s The Oxford Companion to Wine winning in the Beverage category. The awards are presented by the Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the United States.

May 9, 2017 Online Exclusive! ORT Tadoku Pack with CD Now on Sale

We are pleased to inform that the long-awaited Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) Tadoku Pack ‘with CD’ version is now available. This pack contains all ORT packs from Stage 1+ to 9 (30 packs, total 180 books) and 30 audio CDs. This special pack, suitable for schools and libraries interested in extensive reading, is now available for purchase only on the OUP Japan website. Learn more.

May 8, 2017 Oxford Big Read Competition 2017

Over the past five years the Oxford Big Read Competition has motivated thousands of students across Japan to read in English. Learn more about this year's competition and register your students today! Find out more

May 2, 2017 OUP Academic Book wins The AAG Meridian Book Award

Limits to Globalization: The Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development by Eric Sheppard, Alexander von Humboldt Chair, UCLA, received the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography awarded by the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The AAG awards the annual prize for a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography, written or co-authored by a geographer published in the previous calendar year.

February 24, 2017 OUP music reference on display at DAVID BOWIE is

The Oxford Companion to Music

The Oxford Companion to Music is being introduced as a reference book used by David Bowie when he composed music for his first album, David Bowie (1967), in the retrospective exhibition for David Bowie, DAVID BOWIE is, organized by Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The exhibition was first held in London in 2013, and has since toured 10 cities throughout the world and has been attended by over 160 million people. The Japan exhibition is taking place from January 8th to April 10th, 2017. Learn more here.

February 23, 2017 Technical issues with disruption of communications resolved

The issue surrounding our network which occurred on February 20 has now been resolved. Our technical support teams are still investigating what caused the problem, and are working to ensure this does not happen again in the future. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you during this very busy time of year and we thank you for your understanding.

February 20, 2017 Important notice (disruption of communications)

We regret to announce a disruption of our customer service due to a network fault. We apologisefor any inconvenience caused.

We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Once normal service is resumed, wewill make a further announcement on our website.

January 19, 2017 OUP App Wins 2016 ESU Award

Say It
The Say It: Pronunciation from Oxford app has won the 2016 ESU (English Speaking Union) President's Award in the category of new technology in English language teaching. This app improves pronunciation and fluency using content from OUP's dictionaries. You can listen to 30,000 model recordings, record yourself and compare your pronunciation both by listening and by visually comparing the audio waves. This visual recognition helps students understand key sounds. Learn more about the award.

January 17, 2017 Congratulations to the winners of the Oxford Big Read!

Thanks to all who took part in this year's Oxford Big Read. Out of hundreds of fantastic entries, 5 National Prize winners, 1 Best of the New winner and 1 Kinokuniya Prize winner were chosen. See the winners and honorable mentions here.

December 22, 2016 Irregular Office Hours on January 10th

Irregular Office Hours on January 10th
Our office will open at 10:30 on Tuesday January 10th, 2017 for a company-wide conference. We will close for business at 17:00 as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

December 6, 2016 Oxford University Press Office Closure

Oxford University Press will close from Thursday, December 29th, 2016 through Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Regular business will resume on Friday, January 6th, 2017.

 

November 17, 2016 Word of the Year 2016 is 'post-truth'

'Post-truth', an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief' was named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. This word appeared frequently this year in the context of the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the US. Please click here for more details.

October 28, 2016 Important notice about Oxford CD-ROMs/Multi-ROMs

Due to a recent security release from Adobe Flash Player, some of our products that include  CD-ROMs/Multi-ROMs may require an update to function properly. If you are currently using any CD-ROMs/Multi-ROMs listed below, please click here to download your software update. You will find a file to download and install on your computer as well as step-by-step instructions to help you. If you experience any issues while installing this update, or after the installation, please get in touch with us by email at eltsupport@oup.com or by phone at +44 (0)1865 910007.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

Products affected by this issue:
Show and Tell / Express English for Aviation / Express English for Cabin Crew / Express English for Football / English for Socializing

October 28, 2016 OUP Graded Reader Wins 2016 LLL Award

Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band, from the Dominoes series published by Oxford University Press, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Language Learner Literature Award in the Adolescent & Adult: Beginner Category. Every year the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English and awards winners in 6 categories. Also selected as a finalist this year was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, from the Oxford Bookworms Library, in the Adolescent & Adult Intermediate Category. Learn more here.

October 18, 2016 Check out the new Kids' Club website

We are pleased to announce the new and improved Oxford Kids' Club website! Find the latest news, event information and useful teaching tips and ideas for teachers of young learners. Visit the website now.

October 12, 2016 Oxford University Press Company Holiday

Oxford University Press will be closed for business on Tuesday, November 1st in observance of the company foundation day. Business as usual will resume from Wednesday, November 2nd.

October 7, 2016 2017 ELT Catalogue is now available

Our 2017 ELT Catalogue is now available in both digital and print. We hope this will be a valuable resource and assist you in finding the right materials to support your teaching and classroom needs. View a PDF of the 2017 catalogue on your computer or phone, or request a paper catalogue to be sent to you. Click here for more details.

September 20, 2016 Important notice about Oxford iTools

Due to a recent security release from Adobe Flash Player, all iTools products require an update to function properly. If you are currently using any iTools, please click here to download your iTools update. You will find a file to download and install on your computer as well as step-by-step instructions to help you. If you experience any issues while installing this update, or after the installation, please get in touch with us by email at eltsupport@oup.com or by phone at +44 (0)1865 910007.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

July 29, 2016 Email Service Restoration

Due to technical difficulties, our Email services were unstable from July 18 until July 26. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this suspension.

July 26, 2016 Oxford University Press Office Closure

Oxford University Press will be closed from Monday, August 15th through Tuesday, August 16th for the annual Obon holidays. Regular business will resume on Wednesday, August 17th. 

July 12, 2016 ORT Audio Stickers for Stages 4 and 5 Now Available

Since their release, the ORT audio pen and audio stickers have been well received among ORT fans. We are pleased to announce the audio stickers for stages 4 and 5 are now available! Visit the product page to find out more and purchase.

June 22, 2016 Workshop for primary school teachers

Oxford University Press will conduct a workshop featuring experienced teacher-trainers demonstrating practical teaching methods. This will be valuable for all primary school teachers no matter what kind of teaching materials you use. Click here for details and to register online. (Japanese only)

May 19, 2016 OUP is exhibiting at the NEE in Tokyo and Osaka

Visit Oxford at the New Education Expo (NEE) 2016 where we will be displaying our digital services supporting English teachers and learners, including: learning management systems, online learning platforms and online testing. Click here for more information.

May 13, 2016 Job Opportunity: ELT Consultant

Oxford University Press is currently looking for an ELT Consultant to join our motivated and experienced bilingual sales and marketing team. Please click here for more details.

April 11, 2016 OUP crowned Publisher of the Year

OUP was named Publisher of the Year at the annual APS (Academic, Professional and Specialist) Awards, held at Wotton House in Surrey on the 17th of March. Scott Hamilton, APS committee chairman and head of retail sales for Blackwell’s, said: "This year’s winners demonstrate the level of talent, innovation and drive that is so prevalent across our industry. And the fact that each category was such a close call—with so many nominees receiving high marks from the judges—is testament to the academic publishing sector." Please click here for more details.

March 23, 2016 Web Service Restoration

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Oxford University Press Japan website was temporarily closed from 11:00 until 17:00 on March 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this suspension.

 

February 17, 2016 OUP Author Receives the Ben Warren Prize

The authors of Exploring Psychology in Language Learning and Teaching: Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers (Oxford University Press 2015), Marion Williams, Sarah Mercer and Stephen Ryan was awarded the 2015 Ben Warren-International House Trust Prize. This biennial award is given to the author or authors of the most outstanding work in the field of language teacher education. Co-author Stephen Ryan is a professor at Senshu University based in Tokyo, and his research covers various aspects of psychology in language learning.

December 11, 2015 Oxford University Press Office Closure

Oxford University Press will close from Monday, December 28th, 2015 through Tuesday, January 5th, 2016. Regular business will resume at 10:30am on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. 
 

December 2, 2015 Job Opportunity

Oxford University Press Global Academic Publishing division is currently seeking editorial assistant. Please click here for more details.

November 20, 2015 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji named Word of the Year 2015

A pictograph was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for the first time ever. Each year Oxford Dictionaries selects a word or expression that reflects the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year. This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015. Please click here for more details.

September 30, 2015 OALD 9th Edition Available in Japan

We are delighted to announce the release of its 9th edition of its world bestseller, Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD) in Japan. Having sold over 38 million copies since the publication of the 1st edition, this dictionary has helped English learners understand what words mean and how to use them for nearly 70 years. The new 9th edition is much more than an A-Z dictionary: it is the ultimate speaking and writing tool. Also in this edition, words of Japanese origin including 'shonen' and 'shojo' have been added. Please click here for more details.

September 30, 2015 Web Service Restoration

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Oxford University Press Japan website was temporarily closed from 15:00 until 18:00 on September 30. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this suspension.

September 25, 2015 Price Changes to ELT Materials, UK School Books and Children's Books

It is our priority to provide our customers with the highest quality educational materials in Japan. As an importer of international materials, our business is affected by exchange rates and rising costs in production. As a result, from October 1, 2015 the prices of some of our ELT materials, UK School Books and Children's Books will change. For a list of all prices of our materials, please see our 2016 ELT Catalogue. For enquiries, please contact your local ELT consultant or email us atelt.japan@oup.com.

August 20, 2015 Selected to partner with Otsu City on developing a teaching methodology

OUP was commissioned by Otsu City Board of Education in Shiga as their partner in a project to research and develop an ICT-based teaching methodology for their Foreign Language Activities classes. OUP will provide ELT materials along with a customised curriculum, lesson plans and extensive teacher training programme to enable all homeroom teachers in the city's 37 elementary schools to conduct English lessons with confidence and improve student proficiency. Please click here for more details.

July 3, 2015 Two OUP Titles Win British Council ELTons Awards

Oxford Discover, a primary course book focusing on 21st century skills, was awarded the ELTons Award 2015 Excellence in Course Innovation. In addition, the Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English, a unique dictionary to help students learn the language they need to write academic English, was selected as the Innovation in Learner Resources. These annual awards presented by the British Council celebrate innovation and good practice in the field of the English language and English language teaching.

July 3, 2015 OUP Author receives British Council ELTons Award

Henry Widdowson, a world-renowned linguist and ELT expert, was awarded theELTons 2015 British Council Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is one of the most prestigious in English Language Teaching and awarded to an ELT professional who has made a significant contribution to the field throughout his/her career. Mr Widdowson is a former series advisor of Oxford Applied Linguistics, series editor ofOxford Introductions to Language Study and series advisor for the Oxford Bookworms Collection, as well as author of Teaching Language as Communication.

May 25, 2015 OUP author wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize

The author of The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2014), David I. Kertzer was awarded the2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. His writings have been previously nominated for the National Book Award and Mark Lynton History Prize, and have been garnering attention in the field. He is active in the areas of anthropology, history and Italian studies.

April 30, 2015 OUP author wins the 2015 Holberg Prize

OUP author Marina Warner (Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) has been named 2015 laureate of the Holberg Prize, the largest annual international prize awarded to outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities, social science, law, or theology. Warner, whose most recent work Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Talewas published by OUP in October, received the honour for her analysis of stories and myths and how they reflect their time and place. This title has also received the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, which highlights and promotes distinguished titles published in the field of storytelling.

April 8, 2015 Technical issues with online practice resolved

The issue surrounding our online practice websites has now been resolved. Pleaseclick here for the details. Our technical support teams are still investigating what caused the problem, and are working to ensure this does not happen again in the future. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you during this very busy time of year and we thank you for your understanding.

April 7, 2015 Technical issues with online practice

We regret to inform you that we are experiencing technical difficulties with some of our online practice websites. Please click here for the list of the websites affected. Our technical support teams are working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible and we will make an announcement when the issue has been resolved. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you during this very busy time of year and we thank you for your patience while we work to address this problem.

March 9, 2015 Introducing Oxford Reading Tree Japan Facebook page

We recently launched the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) facebook page. See the latest information and news for ORT in Japan. (Page available in Japanese only). Click the link below to access the page. www.facebook.com/ORT.Japan

February 3, 2015 OUP Author Wins Prestigious Award in Classical Scholarship

Classical Studies author Robert L. Fowler (Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek, University of Bristol) was awarded the Society for Classical Studies' highly esteemedCharles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for his 2013 book, Early Greek Mythography: Volume 2: Commentary. The work was published as the companion volume to his previous publication, Early Greek Mythography: Volume 1: Text and Introduction, which was released in 2001. According to the judging panel, the book'leaves us with a truly three-dimensional view of the landscape we have lost,' and that'it might well be the new model for reconstructive commentaries of our century'.

January 15, 2015 OUP Academic Books Awarded Some Prominent Awards

Brian Cummings received The Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award for his contribution to Early Modern Studies with Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity, and Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture. The Philip Leverhulme Prize, recognizing the achievement of outstanding researchers, was awarded to Dr Hannah Skoda for her contributions to the study of violence in late medieval Europe with Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330. Richard Roberts won the BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History with his highly original and thought-provoking book, Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914.