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The _MAINICHI SHIMBUN_ (毎日新聞, _Mainichi Shinbun_, literally "Daily News") is one of the major newspapers in Japan , published by THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS CO., LTD (株式会社毎日新聞社, _Kabushiki-gaisha Mainichi Shinbunsha_).

In addition to the _Mainichi Shimbun_, which is printed twice a day in several local editions, Mainichi also operates an English language news website called _The Mainichi_ (previously _Mainichi Daily News_), and publishes a bilingual news magazine, _Mainichi Weekly_. It also publishes paperbacks, books and other magazines, including a weekly news magazine, _Sunday Mainichi_.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Partnership with MSN * 1.2 _WaiWai_ controversy and cancellation

* 2 Offices * 3 Sponsorship * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links


The history of the _Mainichi Shimbun_ began with the founding of two papers during the Meiji period . The _ Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun _ was founded first, in 1872. The _Mainichi_ claims that it is the oldest existing Japanese daily newspaper with its 136-year history. The Osaka _Mainichi Shimbun_ was founded four years later, in 1876. The two papers merged in 1911, but the two companies continued to print their newspapers independently until 1943, when both editions were placed under a _Mainichi Shimbun_ masthead . In 1966, the Tokyo office was moved from Yurakucho to Takebashi, and in 1992, the Osaka office was moved from Dojima to Nishi-Umeda.

The Mainichi has 3,200 employees working in 364 offices in Japan and 26 bureaus overseas. It is one of Japan's three largest newspapers in terms of circulation and number of employees, and has 79 associated companies, including Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) and the _Sports Nippon Newspaper_.

The Mainichi is the only Japanese newspaper company to have won a Pulitzer Prize . The Japan Newspapers Association, made up of 180 news organizations, has granted the Mainichi its Grand Prix award on 21 occasions, making the Mainichi the most frequent winner of the prize since its inception in 1957.


On 15 January 2004, Mainichi Shimbun and MSN Japan announced they were to merge their websites. The partnership has been known as _MSN-Mainichi Interactive_, effective since 1 April 2004. On 18 September 2007, Mainichi announced the launch of their new website, mainichi.jp, which would include "heavy use of social bookmarking, RSS and blog parts" and would "pay attention to bloggers ". The new website began operations on 1 October 2007, marking the end of MSN-Mainichi Interactive, being replaced by mainichi.jp. The English-language _Mainichi Daily News_ also moved to the new website. MSN- Japan switched to _ Sankei Shimbun _.


The _Mainichi Daily News_ column WaiWai, by Australian journalist Ryann Connell, featured often-sensationalist stories, principally translated from and based on articles appearing in Japanese tabloids. The column carried a disclaimer since September 19, 2002: "WaiWai stories are transcriptions of articles that originally appeared in Japanese language publications. The Mainichi Daily News cannot be held responsible for the content of the original articles, nor does it guarantee their accuracy. Views expressed in the WaiWai column are not necessarily those held by the Mainichi Daily News or the Mainichi Newspapers Co." Nevertheless, _WaiWai_ content was reported as fact in blogs and reputable foreign media sources.

In April and May 2008, an aggressive anti-_WaiWai_ campaign appeared on internet forums including 2channel . Criticism included "contents are too vulgar" and "the stories could cause Japanese people to be misunderstood abroad." On June 20, a news site J-CAST reported on this issue. The Mainichi editorial board responded by deleting controversial WaiWai articles and limiting archive access, but the column remained in the _Sunday Mainichi_. Citing continuing criticism, Mainichi's Digital Media Division shut down _WaiWai_ on June 21. Mainichi also announced it would "severely punish the head of the Digital Media Division, which is responsible for overseeing the site, the manager responsible for the column and the editor involved with the stories." On June 25, Mainichi apologized to MDN readers. Some advertisers responded to the campaign by pulling ads from _Mainichi'_s Japanese site.

On June 28, 2008, Mainichi announced punitive measures. Connell, who remained anonymous in the announcement, was suspended for three months ("issuing three months' disciplinary leave"). Other involved personnel were either docked 10%–20% salary or "stripped of their titles" for a period of one or two months.

On July 20, 2008, Mainichi released the results of an in-house investigation. Mainichi announced that it would re-organize the MDN Editorial Department on August 1 with a new chief editor, and would re-launch the MDN on September 1 as a more news-oriented site. Mainichi said, "We continued to post articles that contained incorrect information about Japan and indecent sexual content. These articles, many of which were not checked, should not have been dispatched to Japan or the world. We apologize deeply for causing many people trouble and for betraying the public's trust in the Mainichi Shimbun."


_ Palaceside Building, the headquarters of Mainichi Shimbun in Tokyo.

* Tokyo Head Office (東京本社, Tōkyō Honsha_), corporate headquarters

1-1-1, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda , Tokyo

* Osaka Head Office (大阪本社, _Ōsaka Honsha_)

3-4-5, Umeda , Kita-ku , Osaka

* Chubu Head Office (中部本社, _Chūbu Honsha_)

Midland Square , 4-7-1, Meieki , Nakamura-ku , Nagoya

* Seibu Head Office (西部本社, _Seibu Honsha_)

13-1, Konya-machi, Kokura Kita-ku , Kitakyushu 1314 W. McDermott Dr, Allen (Dallas) Texas USA (Central Region)


Like other Japanese newspaper companies, Mainichi hosts many cultural events such as art exhibitions and sporting events. Among them, the most famous are the _Sembatsu_ high school baseball tournament held every spring at Koshien Stadium , and the non-professional baseball tournament held every summer in the Tokyo Dome (formerly held in Korakuen Stadium ).

The company sponsors a number of prominent annual road running competitions in Japan, including the Lake Biwa Marathon and the Beppu-Ōita Marathon .


* Tokyo portal * Journalism portal

* Everyday Mum * Media of Japan * Mainichi Film Awards


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