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List of Japanese newspapers/media in English

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It is extremely important to have multiple sources for news/information in a highly interconnected global and digital society. Multiple news sources are especially important when information is polarized by sensationalists. Below is a list of major English-medium newspapers/media by Japanese companies/organizations. It is interesting to see how they report about the U.S. and international affairs from the perspectives of Japan.

National newspapers

  • The Japan Times (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/)
    The Japan Times was launched in 1897, with the goal of giving Japanese people an opportunity to read and discuss news and current events in English to help Japan to participate in the international community. The Japan Times is now Japan’s largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper.

  • The Asahi Shimbun English (https://www.asahi.com/ajw/)
    The Asahi Shimbun is widely regarded for its journalism as the most respected daily newspaper in Japan. The English version offers selected articles from the vernacular Asahi Shimbun, as well as extensive coverage of cool Japan,focusing on manga, travel and other timely news

  • Nikkei Asia (https://asia.nikkei.com/)
    For more than 144 years, Nikkei has been providing unparalleled coverage of Japan’s economy, industries and markets. The group’s business portfolio includes publishing, broadcasting and the Nikkei 225 stock index. Its flagship media, The Nikkei, has a circulation of approximately 2.83 million. With 37 global bureaus and over 1,500 journalists, Nikkei is ideally positioned to provide Asian news and analysis to a global audience.

  • The Japan News (Yomiuri) (https://the-japan-news.com/)
    “The Japan News is a daily English-language newspaper published by The Yomiuri Shimbun. In April 2013, the new name replaced The Daily Yomiuri, and the paper celebrated its 60th anniversary in April 2015. The paper’s fundamental editorial goals are to communicate “”Japan, now”” in an easy-to-understand way, advance the world’s understanding of Japan, quickly inform readers about news in Japan and the world.”

  • The Mainichi Weekly (https://mainichi.jp/english/)
    Latest news and in-depth analyses on Japanese politics, business, crime,technology, society and culture from Okinawa to Fukushima to Tokyo,translated into English from the oldest daily newspaper in Japan, the Mainichi Shimbun.

  • Kyodo News+ (https://english.kyodonews.net/)
    Kyodo News Plus is an online publication delivering the latest news from Japan together with those stories from around the globe in which Japan plays a key role. Centering on content provided by Kyodo News, Japan’s leading news agency, our publication keeps readers abreast of the developments coming out of Japan that interest and influence, here and abroad. Start with the breaking story and then go further. Kyodo News Plus takes readers past the front page to provide a deeper look at modern Japanese culture, lifestyles, and events, in order to bring to light those stories, and those people, that shape them. Adding this content to the latest news, readers can be better informed about, and more rewardingly engaged with, Japan the country, its culture and its people.

  • NHK World News (https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/)
    NHK WORLD provides the latest news from Japan, Asia and around the world.

News blogs

  • SoraNews24: Japan News (https://soranews24.com/)
    SoraNews24 is a Tokyo-based news site. In 2008, our sister site, RocketNews24 published its first Japanese-language article, and two years later came the start of our English site, which originally existed exclusively to translate articles from our Japanese colleagues. Over time we’ve expanded the amount of English-language content we produce while maintaining a focus on fun, weird, and intriguing news from Asia, particularly Japan. Because of that, we decided to give the English-language RocketNews24 a very special eighth-birthday gift: the new name of SoraNews24. Sora is the Japanese word for “sky,” representing our commitment to bringing coverage of modern and traditional culture from Japan and Asia to people around the world, no matter which part of the sky we share that you happen to be living under.

  • GaijinPot (https://gaijinpot.com/)
    More than 2.6 million foreigners – and counting – have made a life here in Japan. Back in the 1990s, our founders, Peter and Erik, were teachers living and working in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Shocked by the lack of information available for English-speaking foreigners, they decided to compile and source this much-requested info into an accessible resource. On Feb. 12, 1999, the GaijinPot web page and forum was launched. The term gaijin in our name is a familiar, shortened form of the word gaikokujin, or “foreigner,” in Japanese. Erik and Peter wanted to represent the foreign population who come to Japan — a “melting pot” of nationals from different countries. Thus, GaijinPot was born.

  • News On Japan (https://www.newsonjapan.com/)
    NewsOnJapan.com is a news aggregator and publisher established in 1998, delivering news daily via desktop, mobile and news feeds. NewsOnJapan.com offers a variety of media placements, press releases, guest posts, banners, fixed links, feeds.

  • Nippon TV News 24 Japan (https://www.youtube.com/c/NipponTVNews24Japan)
    NIPPON TV NEWS 24 JAPAN is the English news service of Nippon Television Network, Japan’s leading broadcast network. This page provides a selection of the latest news and other stories to keep you informed about what is happening in Japan.

Magazines

  • Metropolis Japan (https://metropolisjapan.com/)
    Metropolis was founded in 1994 as Tokyo Classified, a compendium of casual and professional English-language ads distributed with the Daily Yomiuri newspaper. Rebranded as Metropolis in 2001, the magazine is now independently owned by Japan Partnership Holdings Inc., with approximately 30,000 copies distributed to over 10,000 locations in the Kanto area (and beyond) quarterly. Boasting the largest distribution of any English-language magazine in Japan, we’re proud to say that Metropolis is one of the first sights to greet new arrivals at Narita Airport.

  • Japan Today (https://japantoday.com/)
    Japan Today, launched in September 2000, is a Tokyo-based online newspaper, featuring all the latest news on Japan and the world, including national, political, entertainment, business, technology and sports news. Japan Today publishes original content, including interviews with celebrities and business executives, and translations of pop culture articles from popular Japanese magazines and newspapers.
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