The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper.[1][2] It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd. (株式会社 ジャパン タイムズ, Kabushiki gaisha Japan Taimuzu), a subsidiary of Nifco, a manufacturer of plastic fasteners for the automotive and home design industries since 1983. It is headquartered in the Japan Times Nifco Building (ジャパンタイムズ・ニフコビル, Japan Taimuzu Nifuko Biru) in Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo.[3][4]


The Japan Times was launched by Motosada Zumoto on March 22, 1897, with the goal of giving Japanese an opportunity to read and discuss news and current events in English to help Japan to participate in the international community.[5] The paper was independent of government control, but from 1931 onward, the Japanese government was mounting pressure on the paper's editors to submit to its policies. In 1933, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed to appoint Hitoshi Ashida, former Ministry official, as chief editor.[6] During World War II, the newspaper served as an outlet for Imperial Japanese government propaganda and editorial opinion. The paper's circulation at that time was about 825,000.[5] It was successively renamed The Japan Times and Mail (1918–1940) following its merger with The Japan Mail, The Japan Times and Advertiser (1940–1943) following its merger with The Japan Advertiser, and Nippon Times (1943–1956) before reverting to the Japan Times title in 1956.[citation needed] The temporary change to Nippon Times occurred during ban of English language sentiment during World War II era Japan.[7] Shintaro Fukushima (1907年- 1987) became the president in 1956. He exchanged each company's stock with Toshiaki Ogasawara (小笠原 敏晶 Ogasawara Toshiaki). Fukushima renounced managing rights in 1983.[8] Thus Ogasawara's Nifco, a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, acquired control of The Japan Times in 1983 and changed all of former staffs and company's tradition established in 1897.[8] Nifco chairman Toshiaki Ogasawara also served as the chairman and publisher of The Japan Times until his death on November 30, 2016.[9] His daughter Yukiko Ogasawara (小笠原 有輝子 Ogasawara Yukiko) was president of the company from 2006 to 2012, when she was replaced by career Japan Times staffer Takeharu Tsutsumi. Yukiko succeeded her father as chairman of the company after his death.[10]



The Japan Times, Inc. publishes three periodicals: The Japan Times, an English-language daily broadsheet;[11] The Japan Times Weekly, an English-language weekly in tabloid form;[12] and Shukan ST, a weekly in tabloid format, targeted at Japanese learning English. The daily's content includes:

  1. News: domestic and world news; domestic and overseas business news.
  2. Opinion: Editorials, Op-eds, and Letters to the Editor.
  3. Features: life and style, community, media, technology, food and drink, travel, environment, education, cartoons.
  4. Entertainment: film, art, music, stage, books, event previews, festival listing.
  5. Sports: domestic and overseas sports news, including coverage of baseball, soccer, basketball, sumo, figure skating.

Since 16 October 2013, the Japan Times has been printed and sold along with the International New York Times.[13]


Printed stories from The Japan Times are archived online. The newspaper has a reader's forum and, since 2013, the website offers a section for readers' comments below articles. This came about during a complete redesign and redevelopment of the newspaper, using Responsive Web Design techniques so the site is optimised for all digital devices. The Japan Times has a social media presence on Twitter (2007), Facebook (2007) and Google+ (2011).[14]

Regular contributors

  • Debito Arudou, (Just Be Cause) columnist[15]
  • Philip Brasor, (Media Mix) media columnist, music writer[16]
  • Amy Chavez, (Japan Lite) columnist[17]
  • Gregory Clark, commentary writer[18]
  • Hugh Cortazzi, commentary writer
  • David Cozy, literary critic
  • Roger Dahl, Opinion Page cartoonist, Zero Gravity cartoonist
  • Thomas Dillon
  • Brad Glosserman, commentary writer
  • Alice Gordenker, (So, What the Heck is That?) columnist
  • Giovanni Fazio, film critic
  • Wayne Graczyk, baseball writer
  • Michael Hoffmann, (Big in Japan) media columnist
  • Noriko Hama, business columnist
  • Makiko Itoh (Japanese Kitchen), food writer
  • Misha Janette, (Stylewise) fashion columnist
  • Judit Kawaguchi (Words to Live By)
  • Matthew Larking, art critic
  • David McNeill, feature writer
  • Jon Mitchell, Okinawa, military contamination, social issues
  • Kit Pancoast Nagamura, (Walking the Wards and The Backstreet Stories) columnist
  • Hifumi Okunuki, labor law scholar
  • Mark Schilling, film critic
  • Mark Schreiber, media columnist, book critic
  • Kaori Shoji, film critic
  • Steve McClure, music critic
  • Jean Snow, (On Design) design columnist
  • Robbie Swinnerton, (Tokyo Food File), food writer
  • Peter Vecsey, sports columnist
  • Jeff Kingston[19]

Former contributors

  • Monty DiPietro, art critic
  • John Gauntner, Nihonshu columnist
  • Don Maloney (author)
  • Dreux Richard, African community, investigative
  • Donald Richie, book, film critic
  • Edward Seidensticker
  • Robert Yellin Ceramic Scene columnist
  • Jean Pearce, Community columnist
  • Fred Varcoe, Sports editor
  • Elyse Rogers and Fume Miyatake, Women in Business Columnists
  • Mark Brazil, "Wild Watch" nature columnist (1982–2015)[20]

Employee unions

Staff at The Japan Times are represented by two unions, one of which is Tozen.[21]


  • Capital: ¥476,437,000
  • Business: Publishes The Japan Times, The Japan Times Weekly, Shukan ST (a bilingual weekly), books in English and Japanese


See also


  1. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1990-01-25/business/fi-1040_1_japan-times-weekly
  2. ^ "Media: The Japan Times". World Eye Reports. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Map to the Japan Times." (Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "4-5-4 Shibaura Minato-ku"
  4. ^ "Map to The Japan Times." (Japanese version, Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "ジャパンタイムズ・ニフコビル 港区芝浦4-5-4"
  5. ^ a b Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece", The Japan Times, 13 August 2011, p. 3.
  6. ^ Peter O'Connor, The Japan Times at War Time: Mouth piece or Moderator?
  7. ^ Ishii, Hayato. "Wartime naval cadet recalls the twisted history of English in Japan" (Archive). Kyodo News at The Japan Times. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b "小野寺優・ニフコ社長--自動車用にとどまらず、工業用ファスナーを軸として切り口増やしたい". tokyo keizai. 
  9. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/05/national/japan-times-honorary-chairman-former-publisher-toshiaki-ogasawara-dies-85/
  10. ^ About Us The Japan Times.
  11. ^ "Newspaper Sizes". Paper Sizes. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "English daily". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011. "English weekly". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Japan Times "'The Japan Times / International New York Times' to launch tomorrow; commemorative event scheduled for 23 October", 15 October 2013
  14. ^ "Twitter account". "Facebook account". Retrieved 16 October 2011. "Google+ account". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Japan Times - Debito Arudou Retrieved September 25, 2015
  16. ^ Japan Times - Philip Brasor Retrieved September 25, 2015
  17. ^ Japan Times - Amy Chavez Retrieved September 25, 2015
  18. ^ Japan Times - Gregory Clark Retrieved September 25, 2015
  19. ^ Japan Times - Jeff Kingston Retrieved September 23, 2015
  20. ^ Mark Brazil - The Japan Times Japan Times Retrieved March 25, 2017
  21. ^ "Tozen - The Japan Times". Tozen. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  22. ^ https://www.tofugu.com/reviews/dictionary-of-basic-japanese-grammar/

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