The booksellers in Japan contribute in several ways to the worldwide celebrations on 23 April 2016. At their general meeting on 14 April, shortly before UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Japan and their President officially launched the ILAB Pop Up Celebrations in Japan with the first generous donations to support UNESCO's work filling the Empty Bookcases for the children in South Sudan.
The new president of ABAJ, Mr. Kazuo Namikawa (Ogawa Tosho Ltd.), making his first speech after the election.
Former ABAJ president, Mr. Masaji Yagi (Azuchido Rare Books) and new president, Mr. Kazuo Namikawa putting spines on the Empty Bookcase Poster.
Committee members Mr. Sato (Kagerou Bunko), Mr. Yoshida (Asakuraya Bookstore), and Mr. Saito (Rinrokaku Bookstore) with former committe member Ms. Kuri Koketsu (Ohya-Shobo Co., Ltd.).
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the Organizers