Definition of term:: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ)


  • Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ)
    30 rare booksellers from Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, Osaka and Kumamoto are organized in the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ) that was founded in November 1964 and joined the League in 1965. Since then the Japanese ILAB affiliates have deeply influenced the history of the League. Mitsuo Nitta, Chair of the ILAB Breslauer Prize Committee, was awarded an ILAB membership of honour. Current ABAJ President Takehiko Sakai has recently been interviewed for the ILAB website. By actively engaging in the antiquarian book trade, the ABAJ aims to contribute to the intercourse between East and West, the rediscovery and preservation of valuable cultural assets, and the bequeathing of those assets to future generations. All ABAJ members are required to possess professional knowledge and sufficient experience in the antiquarian book trade, and to strictly adhere to the ILAB Code of Ethics. An international antiquarian book fair is held in Tokyo. The next fair will take place at the renowned Izumi Garden Gallery from March 11th to 13th, 2010. See www.abaj.gr.jp
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