Kodansha International and translator rights
As most of you know by now, Kodansha has made the decision to close Kodansha International, which has published a stunning array of Japanese books in English translation for a long, long time. KI will apparently cease operation at the end of April 2011, and rights will be transferred to Kodansha along with all their other assets. Many of their best books are out of print, but the rights have not reverted to the translators.
The time has come to talk to Kodansha International about what publishing means.