The French book in Tokyo
The presence of the French book in Tokyo is based on a very powerful intellectual tradition, which needs to be kept going and renewing, in a situation where reading is in crisis. Two libraries and two bookshops are playing an important role in this. The documentary resources that come under the French administration are the only ones to offer coherent collections of writings and to develop contemporary products, as much in the field of humanities and social sciences as in that of literature. As far as publishers are concerned, the French book always has at its disposal a positive outlook, constituting an alternative of quality to the American offering that is so dominant.