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The Mainichi Shimbun
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[3] (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.

Contents

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

History[edit] The history of the Mainichi Shimbun
Mainichi Shimbun
began with the founding of two papers during the Meiji period. The Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun
Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun
was founded first, in 1872. The Mainichi claims that it is the oldest existing Japanese daily newspaper[citation needed] with its 136-year history. The Osaka
Osaka
Mainichi Shimbun
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
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
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,[4] including Tokyo
Tokyo
Broadcasting System (TBS), Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) and the Sports Nippon Newspaper.[5] The Mainichi is the only Japanese newspaper company to have won a Pulitzer Prize. The Japan
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. Partnership with MSN[edit] On 15 January 2004, Mainichi Shimbun
Mainichi Shimbun
and MSN Japan
Japan
announced they were to merge their websites. The partnership has been known as MSN-Mainichi Interactive, effective since 1 April 2004.[6] 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.[7] MSN-Japan switched to Sankei Shimbun.[8] WaiWai controversy and cancellation[edit] The Mainichi Daily News column WaiWai, by Australian
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."[9] Nevertheless, WaiWai content was reported as fact in blogs and reputable foreign media sources.[10] In April and May 2008, an aggressive anti-WaiWai campaign appeared on internet forums including 2channel.[11] Criticism included "contents are too vulgar" and "the stories could cause Japanese people to be misunderstood abroad."[12][13] On June 20, a news site J-CAST reported on this issue.[14] The Mainichi editorial board responded by deleting controversial WaiWai articles and limiting archive access, but the column remained in the Sunday Mainichi.[15] Citing continuing criticism,[16] Mainichi's Digital Media Division shut down WaiWai on June 21.[15] 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."[17][18] On June 25, Mainichi apologized to MDN readers.[19] Some advertisers responded to the campaign by pulling ads from Mainichi's Japanese site.[20][21] On June 28, 2008, Mainichi announced punitive measures.[12] Connell, who remained anonymous in the announcement, was suspended for three months ("issuing three months' disciplinary leave").[22] 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.[23] Mainichi said, "We continued to post articles that contained incorrect information about Japan
Japan
and indecent sexual content. These articles, many of which were not checked, should not have been dispatched to Japan
Japan
or the world. We apologize deeply for causing many people trouble and for betraying the public's trust in the Mainichi Shimbun."[23] Offices[edit]

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

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

1-1-1, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Osaka
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)

Sponsorship[edit] 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
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
Lake Biwa Marathon
and the Beppu-Ōita Marathon. See also[edit]

Tokyo
Tokyo
portal Journalism portal

Everyday Mum Media of Japan Mainichi Film Awards

References[edit]

^ "朝日新聞、4年間で発行部数105万減の衝撃…新聞業界、存亡の危機突入へ". biz-journal.  ^ ABC Japan, average for July–December 2005 ^ http://mainichi.jp/english/english/ ^ "グループ会社・団体/友好会社 リンク一覧" [Group Companies and Organization / Related Companies Link List] (in Japanese). Mainichi Newspapers Group Holdings. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ "沿革" [History] (in Japanese). Sports Nippon Newspapers. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ Nihon Shimbun Kyokai, Mainichi announces its online news site merger with MSN, News Bulletin No. 28 April 2004. ^ Reliability and openness key features of new Mainichi site Archived 2007-10-04 at the Wayback Machine., Mainichi Daily News, 2007-09-18. ^ (in Japanese) 産経Webは「MSN産経ニュース」に変わります, Sankei Shimbun, 2007-09-18. ^ "Analysis of the investigative team" Archived 2008-09-04 at the Wayback Machine., Mainichi Newspapers, 2008-07-20. ^ "Japanese newspaper admits infamous sex column was untrue", Telegraph.co.uk, The Daily Telegraph, 2008-7-22 ^ (in Japanese) 英語版サイトに「低俗」な日本紹介記事を掲載 毎日新聞がおわび Archived 2008-06-27 at the Wayback Machine., SANSPO.COM, The Sankei Shimbun, 2008-06-24. ^ a b "Punitive measures over Mainichi Daily News WaiWai column announced" Archived 2008-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. Mainichi Newspapers, 2008-06-28. ^ "WaiWai is dead", Japan
Japan
Inc, 2008-06-22. ^ (in Japanese) 毎日新聞英語版サイト 「変態ニュース」を世界発信, J-CAST, 2008-06-20. ^ a b "Chronology of problems with English-language site" Archived 2008-09-04 at the Wayback Machine., Mainichi Newspapers, 2008-07-20. ^ (in Japanese) 毎日が英文サイト一部閉鎖 「低俗」と抗議3百件, 47NEWS, Kyodo News, 2008-06-24. ^ "Mainichi will ’severely punish’ employees who contributed to WaiWai column", Japan
Japan
Probe, 2008-06-24. ^ (in Japanese) 「低俗過ぎる」毎日新聞英語版のゴシップサイトが批判受け閉鎖, INTERNET Watch, Impress Watch, 2008-06-24. ^ "Apology to readers for WaiWai column" Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine., Mainichi Newspapers, 2008-06-25. ^ (in Japanese) 「毎日jp」が自社広告だらけに、ネット上に深いつめ跡残る, Nikkei BP, 2008-07-08. ^ "The Birth of Blog
Blog
Discourse" (translation of blog post in CNET Japan), Néojaponisme, November 6, 2008. ^ The writer was Ryann Connell. Justin Norrie, "Japanese set the blogs on 'sleazy Australian' writer", The Age, 2008-07-05. ^ a b "Mainichi Daily News to start over again" Archived 2008-09-03 at the Wayback Machine., Mainichi Daily News, 2008-07-20.

External links[edit]

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