The Japan Times


''The Japan Times'' is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. It is published by , a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc.. It is headquartered in the in Kioicho,
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''The Japan Times'' was launched by Motosada Zumoto on 22 March 1897, with the goal of giving Japanese people an opportunity to read and discuss news and current events in
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to help Japan to participate in the international community. The newspaper was independent of government control, but from 1931 onward, the paper's editors experienced mounting pressure from the
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to submit to its policies. In 1933, the
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, former ministry official, as chief editor. During
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, the newspaper served as an outlet for
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government communication and editorial opinion. 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. The temporary change to ''Nippon Times'' occurred during the ban on English language sentiment during World War II-era Japan. Shintaro Fukushima (
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) became president of ''The Japan Times'' in 1956. He sold some of the company's shares to Toshiaki Ogasawara (小笠原 敏晶 ''Ogasawara Toshiaki''), who was chairman of Nifco, a manufacturer of automotive fasteners. Fukushima renounced management rights in 1983, after which Nifco acquired control of ''The Japan Times'' and brought about staff changes and alterations to the company's traditions established in 1897. Ogasawara served as the chairman and publisher of ''The Japan Times'' until 2016, when his daughter Yukiko Ogasawara (小笠原 有輝子 ''Ogasawara Yukiko'') succeeded him as chairman of the company. She had previously served as the company's president from 2006 to 2012, when she was replaced by career ''Japan Times'' staffer Takeharu Tsutsumi. Nifco sold ''The Japan Times'' to PR firm News2u Holdings, Inc. on 30 June 2017.



The Japan Times, Ltd. publishes three periodicals: ''The Japan Times'', an English-language daily
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; ''The Japan Times Weekly'', an English-language
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form; and ''Shukan ST'', also a weekly in tabloid form, targeted at Japanese readers learning the English language. The content of the daily periodical, ''The Japan Times'', includes: #News: domestic and world news; domestic and overseas business news. #Opinion:
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s, and
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. #Features: life and style, community, media, technology, food and drink, travel, environment, education, cartoons. #Entertainment: film, art, music, stage, books, event previews, festival listing. #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 ''
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Printed stories from ''The Japan Times'' are archived online. The newspaper has a readers' forum and, since 2013, the website offers a section for readers' comments below articles. This came about during a redesign and redevelopment of the newspaper, using
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techniques so the site is optimised for all digital devices. ''The Japan Times'' has a social media presence on
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*Capital: ¥100,000,000 *''The Japan Times'' publishes ''The Japan Times'', ''The Japan Times On Sunday'',
The Japan Times Alpha
' (a bilingual weekly), books in English and Japanese.


* A Dictionary of Japanese Grammar * Kanji in Context * Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese * Academic Writing for International Students * Japanese Folk Tales * 80 Communication Games for Japanese Language Teachers * Nihongo through Newspaper Articles * Japanese through Dialogues for Intermediate Learners * An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese * Nihongo Drills for Intermediate Learners * An Introduction to Japanese Grammar and Communication Strategies * Kanji Look and Learn * Live from Tokyo * Tokyo Transit Book * Basic Japanese for Expats: A Practical Course in Business Japanese * Konnichiwa, Nihongo! * Fun Ways to Memorize Japanese Vocabulary and Everyday Expressions! * Nihongo Notes * Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced * 英語でチャレンジ!大人の社会科見学 * Rapid Reading Japanese: Improving Reading Skills of Intermediate and Advanced Students * Powering Up Your Japanese through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese * Nihongo Daijobu!: Elementary Japanese Through Practical Tasks * The Japan Culture Book * Japanese History in Simple English * News Nihongo * Introducing World Heritage Sites in Japan * Business Japanese: All-in-One Practical Exerceses for Listening Reading, Speaking and Writing * Role-Based Listening: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced Japanese * Kanji Puzzles & Quizzes * Kana Can Be Easy * Japan Up Close * Japan: Then and Now * Conversing in Japanese * Multimedia Exercises for Basic Japanese Grammar * Writing Business Emails in Japanese * The Best Practice Tests for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test * Quartet: Intermediate Japanese Across the Four Language Skills * All About Japan: A Bilingual Handbook for Visitors and Interpreter-guides * The Best Complete Workbook for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1


After being acquired by News2u, ''The Japan Times'' changed its editorial stance and contributor lineup as part of efforts to reduce criticism of the newspaper as an "anti-Japanese" outlet. In November 2018, it was announced in an editor's note that subsequent articles would use the term "wartime laborers" rather than "forced labor", and "" would be referred to as "women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will, to provide sex to Japanese soldiers", instead of the previously used "women who were forced to provide sex for Japanese troops before and during World War II." The change drew immediate criticism from readers and employees, with particular concerns expressed over the paper's apparent alignment with the political positions of Prime Minister
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. In response to these criticisms, The Japan Times wrote in an article on 7 December 2018, "We must admit that the editorial note undermined the relationships of trust we have built with our readers, reporters and staff. I would like to apologize for the inconvenience," and denied criticism that it was in line with the intentions of the administration.


* Mark Brazil, Wild Watch nature columnist (1982–2015) * Monty DiPietro, art critic * John Gauntner, Nihonshu columnist * John Gunning (journalist), John Gunning, sumo columnist * Don Maloney (author), Don Maloney * Fume Miyatake, Women in Business columnist * Jean Pearce, community columnist * Ezra Pound, Italian correspondent * Dreux Richard, African community, investigative * Donald Richie, book, film critic * Elyse Rogers, Women in Business columnist * Mark Schilling, film critic * Edward Seidensticker * Fred Varcoe, sports editor * Robert Yellin Ceramic Scene columnist

Employee unions

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

See also

* ''Asahi Shimbun'' * ''International Herald Tribune'' * ''Yomiuri Shimbun''


External links

''The Japan Times'' Online
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