From my experiences, the above listed reading materials are all read from front to back, page one is the last page, when compared to western practices. Unable to find a reason for this publishing style. My Japanese dictionaries are all read with the first page in the front and the last is in the back. In the west, everything is read from front to back. In Japan, there is variation.
Japanese can be written in two directions.
- each column is written from top to bottom
- columns are arranged from right to left
in rows [as in English]
- each row is written from left to right
- rows are arranged from top to bottom
The first is used for most newspapers, books (incl. manga), etc. Individual pages are thus bound on the right and thus, from a Western perspective appear to be read from the "back".
(By the way, I also have a 漢和字典 that is typeset in columns, thus bound on the right, and thus read "back to front".)