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.
1.1 Partnership with MSN
1.2 WaiWai controversy and cancellation
4 See also
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
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
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
26 bureaus overseas. It is one of Japan's three largest newspapers in
terms of circulation and number of employees, and has 79 associated
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.
Partnership with MSN
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.
WaiWai controversy and cancellation
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
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
Palaceside Building, the headquarters of
Mainichi Shimbun in Tokyo.
Tokyo Head Office (東京本社, Tōkyō Honsha), corporate
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
The company sponsors a number of prominent annual road running
competitions in Japan, including the
Lake Biwa Marathon
Lake Biwa Marathon and the
Media of Japan
Mainichi Film Awards
^ ABC Japan, average for July–December 2005
^ "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)
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)
Archived 2008-06-27 at the Wayback Machine., SANSPO.COM, The Sankei
^ a b "Punitive measures over Mainichi Daily News WaiWai column
announced" Archived 2008-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. Mainichi
^ "WaiWai is dead",
Japan Inc, 2008-06-22.
^ (in Japanese)
^ 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
Japan Probe, 2008-06-24.
^ (in Japanese)
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)
Nikkei BP, 2008-07-08.
^ "The Birth of
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.
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