Social and Environmental Activities

Relationship with Society

BOOKOFF CORPORATION seeks to contribute to society in various ways through books.

Support for recovery from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

The BOOKOFF Group launched a Sell to Support program in which sales using the Takuhonbin service for selling items to BOOKOFF using parcel delivery for books, CDs, DVDs, video game software, and other items people no longer need are used to support persons who suffered injury or damage from the Kumamoto earthquakes.

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)

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)