I was fortunate to work as imagesetter product manager at Heidelberg PrePress Japan and later cover the Japanese print market and font technology for the highly respected industry publication Seybold Reports when it still had the original editorial staff at Media PA, the best group of editors I ever worked with. They were all let go in 2004 during a robber baron SoftBank stewardship (via Media International) that destroyed the Seybold brand and business model.
After that I was a technology reporter covering Japan for Off The Record Research (OTR Global), then became a Nichiren Shu priest. At present I help manage Nichiren Shu English language publications and media, and write this blog. If you enjoy it please consider making a donation below. My contact is here, or via Twitter @Kanjo
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Here are some of the Japanese print market articles I wrote for Seybold Reports. They are useful background if you want to understand the evolution of Japanese fonts, typography and technology. Most of these are PDF, eventually I hope to post web page versions.
- Inside Hiragino covers the creation and development of the OS X Japanese system font Hiragino.
- The Second Wave of Japanese DTP covers the developments of Japanese high end DTP typography and Japanese Open Type font features.
- SING: The Final Frontier For Japanese DTP looks at Adobe’s failed attempt to solve the Japanese Gaiji font problem.
- JANPS (Japanese Newspaper Production Show) discusses Japanese font developments with Tomihisa Uchida of Iwata Corporation. Uchida san is one of the top Japanese font engineers who has seen and done it all. One of these days I plan to sit down with him and do a proper retrospective interview of his amazing career.
- Page 2004 covers Japanese OpenType extended character sets and encoding issues.
- Japanese Handset Publishing examines the short lived phenomenon of keitai novels.
- Quark XPress 8 J covers the release of version 8 and the death of Quark XPress in the Japanese market.
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