Saturday, July 16, 2005

Potter-Mania delayed in Japan
English copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince went on sale in Japan Saturday, but Pottermania will be delayed until the Japanese version arrives.
Tokyo bookstores reported selling several hundred copies of the English version of the novel to both Japanese and foreign readers, but bookstores did not open at midnight, as in other countries, reported Japan Today.
In Japan, the novels by British author J.K. Rowling are translated by Yuko Matsuoka, president of publisher Say-zan-sha.
A Say-zan-sha spokeswoman told Japan Today Japanese translations take about one year to do, so Japan can expect Harry Potter fever next summer.
The fifth in the series of Potter books went on sale in Japan last September -- some 14 months after its worldwide release.

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