Tuttle-Mori Agency

Agency to Span the East and West

Corporate Profile

The Tuttle-Mori Agency is the oldest established, and biggest literary agency in Japan -- accounting for approximately 60% of the market.

Since its inception in 1948 as the literary agency department of the Charles E. Tuttle & Company, the agency has opened up the Japanese market for best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors such as Frederick Forsyth, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Rachel Carson and Peter Drucker, as well as the more literary Saul Bellow, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Norman Mailer, and many children's writers and illustrators including Beatrix Potter, Tove Jansson, Roald Dahl, and Eric Hill.

In 1978 the literary agency department became the Tuttle-Mori Agency -- taking the names of its two founders Charles E. Tuttle and Tom Mori. In subsequent years, the agency has continued to new areas of business for foreign rights owners, providing a strong presence in the market for foreign television distributors such as the UK's Channel 4 International and National Geographic Television International. The company is also active in the licensing of Japanese works abroad, in areas such as the licensing of Japanese manga translation rights to over 20 countries around the world, as well as in the licensing of movie adaptation rights to both Japanese and western works.

Timeline of the Agency's history

1948Tokyo branch of Charles E. Tuttle and Company established in Bukyo-ku, Tokyo.
1954Office moved to Suido area of Bunkyo-ku. Copyrights section established
1962Charles E. Tutttle and Company Japan Branch becomes Charles E. Tuttle and Company, a Japanese corporate entity.
1969London office opened
1976Computerized royalty accounting system starts operation.
1978Tuttle-Mori Agency set up in June, and moves offices at end of year to its present location in Jimbocho.
1979Signed cooperation agreement with S.J. Greenburger Associates, New York City.
1985Subsidiary T.M. International established to handle audiovisual and merchandising business.
1988Party held at the Tokyo American Club to celebrate Tuttle-Mori Agency's 10th year and Charles E. Tuttle & Company's 40th.
1989Merchandising program started for Tove Jansson's Moomin.
1990Invests in Taiwan and Chinese agency 大蘋果股份有限公司, and renames the company Big Apple Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc.
1992Manga licensing business started.
Thai subsidiary company established in Bangkok.
1995Signed cooperation agreement with Eric Yang Agency of Korea, and Gutmann + Gutmann GmbH of Germany.
1996Signed cooperation agreement with Frédérique Porretta Agence Littéraire.
1997Signed cooperation agreement with International Publishing Studio of Italy.
2002Further to the closure of the F. Porretta Agence, signed scouting agreement with M.P. Robert formerly of Porretta.
2003Party held at the Hotel Grand Palace to celebrate Tuttle-Mori Agency's 25th year and Charles E. Tuttle and Company's 55th.

photo of charles and reiko tuttle with tom mori

Charles and Reiko Tuttle with Tom Mori circa 1980 in front of Tuttle Antiquarian Books in Rutland Vermont. The sign reads "Chas E Tuttle Co Inc Old and Rare Books E. 1832".