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October 7, 2019 Office holiday on 1 November

Our Japan office will be closed for business on Friday, 1 November for the anniversary of its foundation. We will reopen on Tuesday, 5 November.

September 25, 2019 Consumption tax rise on 1 October 2019

Consumption tax in Japan is due to increase from 8% to 10% on 1 October 2019, affecting our prices. 
Online orders completed before 1 October 2019 will be subject to 8% consumption tax. Online orders placed on or after 1 October, will be subject to the new 10% consumption tax rate. 
If you have any questions about the change, please contact us. 

September 20, 2019 Join our Seminar for Secondary Teachers 2019

Oxford University Press & Suken Shuppan are delighted to be holding our annual seminar series for secondary teachers in Japan. From 13 October to 1 December, we’ll be visiting 7 cities across the country with a superb line-up of presenters. Find out more and register. (Japanese Only).

September 18, 2019 We’re changing our shipping fee from 1 October 2019

Due to the upcoming rise in consumption tax, as well as increased carrier costs over the past 12 months, our shipping fee per order will change from 300 JPY to 400 JPY including tax, on 1 October 2019. 

For purchases over 10,000 JPY excluding tax, or purchases of digital products or services, shipping will remain free of charge. 

If you have any questions about the change, please contact us. We appreciate your understanding and continuing support. 

June 26, 2019 New job opportunity

We're looking for an experienced professional in Supply Chain Management to join our Tokyo office. To find out more and apply, visit our Careers page.

June 12, 2019 New ORT Audio Stickers for Stages 6 to 9 and updated ORT Audio Pen in stock now!

Since launching, the Oxford Reading Tree Audio Pen and Audio Stickers have been a firm favorite with ORT fans, young and old. Now, we’re pleased to announce the release of brand new Audio Stickers for stages 6 to 9. What’s more, our bestselling ORT Audio Pen has been updated to include all audio files for ORT stages 1 to 9! A great way to develop children’s language skills, the new stickers and pen are available on our website now. Find out more

June 5, 2019 Latest paper from our Expert Panel available now

Get practical recommendations from our experts on giving empowering feedback to learners, and find out why effective feedback is the key to assessment for learning. Download the paper.

May 20, 2019 OUP author wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize

Jeffrey C. Stewart has been awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press, 2018). Stewart meticulously recounts the life and achievements of Locke, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar and architect of the Harlem Renaissance. The book has collected numerous other prizes including the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the 2019 PROSE Award for Best Biography, and the 2019 Mark Lynton History Prize. Learn more about the prize.

May 7, 2019 Oxford Big Read Competition 2019

Over the past seven 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

March 19, 2019 Let's Go 5th Edition Special Teacher Pack

Trusted by teachers, loved by children, Let’s Go 5th Edition is packed with exciting new features and content. Now get everything you need to teach with the new edition in one special pack. On sale for a limited time on our website. Learn more

March 15, 2019 Save over 50% on Oxford Reading Tree collection

Available only from our website, this special collection contains 32 books covering reading levels 1-3 and a parent guidebook. It’s the perfect pack for building a foundation in reading for children aged 3 and up. Learn more

March 15, 2019 New York Times Bestseller now available in paperback

Who We Are and How We Got Here is a gripping account, from the head of a world-leading lab, of the picture of human history and ancestry emerging from the revolution in the study of ancient DNA.. New in paperback. Learn more

March 1, 2019 New Position Paper reveals important issues in ELT

Findings from our latest ELT Position Paper 'The Role of the First Language in English Medium Instruction' show that incorporation of students' first language leads to better results in English. Find out more: download the free paper.

February 1, 2019 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, 4 National Prize winners and 4 runners-up were chosen. See this year's winners and honorable mentions here.

January 18, 2019 OUP Japan's Bestselling Academic Books of 2018

What were the most popular OUP books among scholars and general readers in Japan for 2018? Check out our bestseller list, which includes top-selling higher education textbooks and titles on Japan. View the full list.

December 11, 2018 Oxford Teaching Workshop Series: Feb – Mar 2019

This annual workshop series is for teachers of young learners who wish to improve their teaching skills. Bestselling authors and teacher trainers will provide practical workshops with fresh ideas to use in your classroom. In 2019, we will be visiting 12 cities around Japan. Please click here for registration and information.

November 19, 2018 Watch highlights from Oxford Day 2018

This year's Oxford Day was our biggest yet. With plenary talks from Michael Swan and Catherine Walter, it was an exhilarating day of expert talks, ending with an enjoyable networking reception. Watch the video

October 16, 2018 OUP author wins ESSE Book Award

The 2018 European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Book Prize for Literature in the English Language has been awarded to Catherine Maxwell for her illuminating monograph Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture. Read the review on the ESSE Book Awards website.

October 16, 2018 OUP Graded Readers win 2018 LLL Awards

Emma, from the Bookworms series, and Mulan, from Classic Tales, both won in their categories at the 2018 Language Learner Literature Awards. Every year the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English and awards one winner in each of six categories. Also selected as finalists this year were It's Hot, The Snow Tigers and Hope on Turtle Island, from the Oxford Read and Imagine. Learn more.

August 30, 2018 New audio streaming to replace file downloads

We are pleased to announce that select Oxford Reading Tree audio tracks are now available for streaming from the end of August 2018, replacing file downloads. Streaming allows you to play media on any device with an internet connection, in real time, and without using disk space. We hope you enjoy using it. 

August 29, 2018 OUP Author Wins Longman-History Today Prize

This year's Longman-History Today prize awarded OUP author, Emily Jones, for her Oxford Historical Monograph, Edmund Burke & The Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830–1914. This is a prestigious prize, awarded by both Longman and History Today magazine since 1997, to foster a wiser understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history and is awarded for an author's first or second book. Learn more about the award.

May 29, 2018 Oxford Graded Readers 2018 Catalogue now available in Japanese

From Oxford Bookworms to Dominoes to Read and Discover, our latest catalogue offers a range of carefully graded titles to engage every interest and English level. Available in Japanese, click here to download the catalogue.

April 25, 2018 New Very Short Introductions (VSI) Catalogue is Now Available

The VSI catalogue has been updated for the first time in one and half years, with upcoming titles added. A5, 96pp. In order to request copies, please contact us at ag.japan@oupcom including the catalogue number JP001074, your full name, shipping address, phone number and the number of copies you wish to have.

April 20, 2018 Five Finalists for 2018 ERF LLL Awards

Five OUP graded readers, It's Hot (Oxford Read and Imagine), Mulan (Classic Tales), The Snow Tigers (Oxford Read and Imagine), Hope on Turtle Island (Oxford Read and Imagine) and Emma (Oxford Bookworms) have been shortlisted as finalists in this year's Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Awards. Every year the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English and awards winners in 6 categories. This year's winners will be chosen later this year. 

February 20, 2018 OUP Author Receives the Ben Warren Prize

The author of Supporting Learners with Dyslexia in the ELT Classroom (Oxford University Press 2017), Michele Daloiso was awarded the 2017 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. Daloiso teaches English and Italian language at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and is the director of the DEAL Research Group, which investigates innovative language teaching methodologies for students with learning differences. 

January 30, 2018 OUP Japan's Bestselling Academic Books of 2017

What were the most popular OUP books among scholars and general readers in Japan for 2017? Check out our bestseller list, including titles on Japan and long-selling higher education textbooks. View the full list.​

December 19, 2017 Word of the Year 2017 is 'youthquake'

The noun, youthquake, is defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’. The data collated by the Oxford Dictionaries editors shows a fivefold increase in usage of youthquake in 2017 compared to 2016, the word having first struck in a big way in June with the UK's general election at its epicenter. Please click here for more details on the Word of the Year 2017.

October 10, 2017 2018 ELT Catalogue is now available

Our 2018 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 2018 catalogue on your computer or phone, or request a paper catalogue to be sent to you. Click here for more details.

September 4, 2017 The Selfish Gene voted most influential science book of all time

Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, published by OUP, has been voted the most influential science book of all time in a public poll held by the Royal Society to celebrate 30 years of their book awards. Second place was awarded to Bill Bryson for A Short History of Nearly Everything, followed closely by Charles Darwin' s On the Origin of Species. For more details, please visit the Royal Society website.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.