The Recontres D'Arles 2010 photography festival has nominated the following two books as the best of the year. Both titles cover Japanese photography of the 1960s and 1970s.
Contemporary Book Award
Yutaka Takanashi, Photography 1965 - 74. Published by Only Photography, Berlin, Germany, May 2010
Historical Book Award
Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s by Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian. Published by Aperture, USA, November 2009
There are copies of the latter, which was also a runner up in this year's And/Or book awards, in stock in the library. You will also find a copy of Toshi-e by Yutaka Takanashi published by Errata editions and nominated at Kassel.