About Us

Nature Publishing Group will be familiar to scientists and those interested in science in the Asia-Pacific region as a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine. Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific community and the wider scientifically interested general public.

NPG has been active in the Asia-Pacific region since the formation of Nature Japan K.K., (NJKK) in Tokyo in 1987, a fully owned subsidiary of NPG’s parent company, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Since that time, NJKK has been the center of NPG’s business in the Asia-Pacific region, and has developed new unique business units in areas such as medical communications and science communication that have since been exported to the rest of the group worldwide. In 2012, NPG employed over 110 specialists in editorial, sales, marketing and production services spread across six offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Melbourne and most recently, a wholly-owned foreign entity for Macmillan in Shanghai. Divisions based in Asia include Nature Photonics, the world’s leading journal in photonics and optics; natureasia.com, NPG’s local language Asian websites published in Japanese, Korean and Chinese languages; Macmillan Medical Communications (MMC), a leading medical communications agency serving the pharmaceutical industry in Japan with unique access to NPG’s contents; Macmillan Science Communication (MSC), providing custom publishing services for institutions in the Asia-Pacific in print and online; and Nature Digest, a monthly Japanese language publication based on the news and news features sections of Nature. NPG in the Asia-Pacific is also responsible for the sale of our more traditional products such as journal subscriptions, site licenses, advertising and sponsorship services to our clientele in the region, as well as providing journal publishing services to leading Asian learned societies. Finally, NPG is a joint venture partner with Nikkei Publishers Inc. in Nikkei Science Inc., publishers of Japan’s leading popular science magazine, Nikkei Science, which is the Japanese edition of Scientific American. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media.

NPG is part of Macmillan Science and Education, a newly formed global division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group , characterized by seven high-quality academic, scholarly and educational businesses. The division operates in more than 70 countries around the world, supporting scientists, professors, teachers, journalists, editors, writers and entrepreneurs every step of way, to empower learning and discovery. With more than 5000 employees, the division consists of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Palgrave, Macmillan Education, Macmillan Higher Education, Digital Science, Digital Education and Macmillan New Ventures. Macmillan Science and Education is represented in Japan by Nature Japan K.K and Macmillan Language House K.K., both in Tokyo.

Antoine Bocquet, PhD

Antoine Bocquet, PhD
CEO and Representative Director, Nature Japan K.K.

Company Outline
Company Name Nature Japan K.K.
Trading Name Springer Nature
CEO Antoine E. Bocquet, PhD
Capital 10,000,000 Japanese Yen
Sales 2,700,000,000 Japanese Yen(2014)
Establishment May 1, 1987
Shareholder Macmillan Academic Publishing Inc. New York
Principal Clients Kinokuniya, Takeda, RIKEN, Astellas, A*STAR, CNPIEC, Hamamatsu Photonics, Kirin, Daiichi-Sankyo, Eisai, etc.
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