The Itochu Memorial Foundation Kodomo Bunko Promotion 2018 award ceremony was held on 1st March 2019.
This year 78 bunko/organisations out of 138 applications were granted the awards. 12 overseas applications were made and 9 were granted the awards. From ICBA, two bunko from the UK made applications. Nelson Bunko was awarded Y300,000 for the category “promoting/assisting the purchase of books for children” and Kabutomushi Bunko was awarded for the category “one hundred children’s books”.
Three individuals were given an award for distinguished service, specifically running and promoting children’s bunko activities over a long time (over 20 years). Ms Akie Maruyama of ICBA Tokyo Head Office was given an award for promoting International Bunko.