Social and Environmental Activities

Relationship with Society

Reuse, the main business of the BOOKOFF Group, is that the act of "buying or selling things at BOOKOFF" already leads to a "valuable action" such as "reducing waste" and "extending the life of usable things".
We will contribute to the construction of a sustainable environment and society through our business activities as a company with a platform of "circular economy" where customers can take valuable action and experience".

Initiatives for SDGs with “KIMOCHITO.”

"KIMOCHITO."; a crowdfunding to begin with reuse instead of money .
Through this service, we will collaborate with various partners to solve multiple issues related to sustainable environment and society.

Initiatives for SDGs with “KIMOCHITO.”

Support for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

After the disaster, the BOOKOFF Group donated ¥10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society and also launched the Sell to Support and Support for Mobile Libraries in Tohoku activities to provide support through books, CDs, DVDs, and video game software.

What BOOKOFF can do
Support activities for the Great East Japan Earthquake

As part of our support for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, we donated 3,000 books to help rebuild the Toni Junior High School in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, as part of the Miraculous Renovation of Damaged Schools segment of Nippon Television Network’s 38th “24-Hour Television” telethon.

  • Temporary school building (as of August 2015)
    Temporary school building (as of August 2015)
  • Library room
    Library room

Books to the People project

Books to the People is an activity launched by the BOOKOFF chain involving all franchisees, to contribute to society under the slogan “Books are essential for people.”


We provided support to areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in two ways:
(1) Donating assigned books and magazines, and
(2) Support for mobile library activities.


In 2010, the Books to the People project opened 4 libraries and 24 library rooms in Sri Lanka.


Donations from the Books to the People project made in August 2009 were used to open 3 libraries and 18 library rooms in Sri Lanka.

Bridges through Books project

imageThe Bridges through Books project is a collaborative effort of BOOKOFF CORPORATION and Kanagawa University that combines commercial and academic activities to contribute to society.
By donating books written in Japanese to persons studying Japanese in Japan or overseas, this project attempts to deepen people’s understanding of Japanese culture and promote reading activities in children and students.

Numerical data (as of May 25, 2015)
Number of books donated by
BOOKOFF to Kanagawa University (aggregate)
Book recipients (fiscal 2014) Overseas:
Inner Mongolia University (China)
Southwest Minzu University (China)
I-Shou University (Taiwan)
University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Smile for All in the World project
Tabunka Machizukuri Kobo (Multi-Cultural Community Development Center) (Yokohama)

We sponsor the career education material for elementary and junior high school students "Oshigoto Nenkan 2020"(by the Asahi Shimbun Company).

Introducing Works of Reuse Shops and the Importance of Reuse

The "Oshigoto Nenkan" has been published every year since 2016, and is distributed free of charge to all elementary and junior high schools nationwide, Kodomo Shokudo (children's cafeterias), and Japanese schools overseas to be used in classes. More than 60,000 copies of the 2020 edition are distributed free of charge, and general sales began on July 20.
In the "Oshigoto Nenkan 2020", works of 140 major companies and organizations all over Japan are introduced with plenty of illustration and plates.

Oshigoto Nenkan 2020

"Oshigoto Nenkan 2020" BOOKOFF introduction page (PDF: 2.0MB)

The BOOKOFF page is titled "Anything good if we take good care of things?", introducing things that can be reused and works at the shop, describing the 3R (Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce), and providing tips for using the reuse shop wisely using illustration and manga to make it easy to understand.

Introducing "KIMOCHITO." as an initiative for SDGs

As an initiative for the SDGs, we are introducing the "KIMOCHITO." to provide various support by reuse (things that are not needed) instead of money. "KIMOCHITO. " uses the sell-your-stuff-online service "TAKUHONBIN" provided by BOOKOFF's official website "Bookoff Online", where you can support other people by donating things that you don't need anymore, such as books you have read, CDs you no longer listen to, or games you have finished playing.
Details of "KIMOCHITO." :

Oshigoto Hakubutsukan

In addition, a website "Oshigoto Hakubutsukan (Job Museum)" has been launched where you can read articles on different jobs listed in the "Oshigo Nenkan 2020". The layout has been modified to vertical view so to make it easier to scroll pages when you read from electronic blackboards in elementary schools, as well as tablet PCs and smartphones at home. The website also offers 5 levels of quizzes related to each job, 4 questions each, so you can repeat playing like a game to enhance learning.

Workplace experiences

The BOOKOFF Group provides workplace experience learning opportunities for local junior high school students at BOOKOFF stores across Japan and at BOOKOFF Online, the operator of our e-commerce website.
(Photographs are of students from Shincho Junior High School in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.)

  • BOOKOFF PLUS16号相模原上鶴間店
    BOOKOFF PLUS 16 Kamitsuruma, Sagamihara Store
  • ブックオフオンライン第二センター(横浜市瀬谷区)倉庫
    BOOKOFF Online No. 2 Center warehouse (Seya Ward, Yokohama)