The Japan Times

The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper.[1][2] It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd. (株式会社ジャパンタイムズ, Kabushiki gaisha Japan Taimuzu), a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc.. It is headquartered in the Kioicho Building (紀尾井町ビル, Kioicho Biru) in Kioicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.[3][4]

The Japan Times
Sample page 1 of The Japan Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)News2u Holdings, Inc.
PresidentTakeharu Tsutsumi
Editor-in-chiefHiroyasu Mizuno
Staff writersApproximately 130
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
OCLC number21225620


The Japan Times was launched by Motosada Zumoto on March 22, 1897, with the goal of giving Japanese an opportunity to read and discuss news and current events in English to help Japan to participate in the international community.[5] The paper was independent of government control, but from 1931 onward, the Japanese government was mounting pressure on the paper's editors to submit to its policies. In 1933, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed to appoint Hitoshi Ashida, former Ministry official, as chief editor.[6]

During World War II, the newspaper served as an outlet for Imperial Japanese government propaganda and editorial opinion. The paper's circulation at that time was about 825,000.[5] 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.[7] The temporary change to Nippon Times occurred during ban of English language sentiment during World War II era Japan.[8]

Shintaro Fukushima (1907年- 1987) became the president in 1956. He exchanged each company's stock with Toshiaki Ogasawara (小笠原 敏晶 Ogasawara Toshiaki). After Fukushima renounced managing rights, Ogasawara's company Nifco, a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, acquired control of The Japan Times in 1983 and changed all of former staffs and company's tradition established in 1897.[9] Nifco chairman Toshiaki Ogasawara also served as the chairman and publisher of The Japan Times until 2016.[10] His daughter Yukiko Ogasawara (小笠原 有輝子 Ogasawara Yukiko) was president of the company from 2006 to 2012, when she was replaced by career Japan Times staffer Takeharu Tsutsumi. Yukiko succeeded her father as chairman of the company in 2016.[11] Nifco sold The Japan Times to News2u Holdings, Inc. on June 30, 2017.[12]

After being sold to the "PR company" News2u, the Japan Times changed its editorial stance and contributor lineup as part of efforts to reduce criticism of the paper as an "anti-Japanese" outlet.[13] In November 2018, the newspaper announced in an editor's note that it would replace the term "forced labor" with "wartime laborers", and the term "comfort women" with "women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will, to provide sex to Japanese soldiers", in its subsequent articles.[14] 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 Shinzō Abe.[15]



The Japan Times, Inc. publishes three periodicals: The Japan Times, an English-language daily broadsheet;[16] The Japan Times Weekly, an English-language weekly in tabloid form;[17] and Shukan ST, a weekly in tabloid format, targeted at Japanese learning English. The daily's content includes:

  1. News: domestic and world news; domestic and overseas business news.
  2. Opinion: editorials, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
  3. Features: life and style, community, media, technology, food and drink, travel, environment, education, cartoons.
  4. Entertainment: film, art, music, stage, books, event previews, festival listing.
  5. 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 The New York Times International Edition.[18]


Printed stories from The Japan Times are archived online. The newspaper has a reader's 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 Responsive Web Design techniques so the site is optimised for all digital devices. The Japan Times has a social media presence on Twitter (2007), Facebook (2007) and Google+ (2011).

Former contributors

Employee unions

Staff at The Japan Times are represented by two unions, one of which is Tozen.[20]


  • Capital: ¥100,000,000
  • Business: Publishes The Japan Times, The Japan Times On Sunday, The Japan Times Alpha (a bilingual weekly), books in English and Japanese


See also


  1. YOSHIHARA, NANCY (25 January 1990). "A Growing Japan Export: News : Media: The English-language Japan Times is expanding & revamping its overseas edition" via LA Times.
  2. "Media: The Japan Times". World Eye Reports. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. "about-us." (access) The Japan Times. Retrieved 20 December 2018. "3-12 Kioicho Chiyoda-ku"
  4. "Map to The Japan Times." (Japanese version, access) The Japan Times. Retrieved 20 December 2018. "紀尾井町ビル 千代田区紀尾井町3-12"
  5. Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece", The Japan Times, 13 August 2011, p. 3.
  6. "Peter O'Connor, The Japan Times at War Time: Mouth piece or Moderator?".
  7. "New Resource Available: Japan Times Archives (1897-2014) | Yale University Library". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  8. Ishii, Hayato. "Wartime naval cadet recalls the twisted history of English in Japan" (Archive). Kyodo News at The Japan Times. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  9. "小野寺優・ニフコ社長--自動車用にとどまらず、工業用ファスナーを軸として切り口増やしたい". tokyo keizai. 2010-04-26.
  10. "Japan Times honorary chairman and former publisher Toshiaki Ogasawara dies at 85". Japan Times Online. 5 December 2016.
  11. About Us The Japan Times.
  12. "The Japan Times sold to Tokyo-based PR company". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  13. Saito, Mari; Miyazaki, Ami (24 January 2019). "'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at storied Japanese paper". Reuters. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  14. "South Korea's top court orders Mitsubishi Heavy to pay compensation for wartime labor". The Japan Times. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  15. McCurry, Justin (30 November 2018). "'Comfort women': anger as Japan paper alters description of WWII terms". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  16. "Newspaper Sizes". Paper Sizes. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  17. "English daily". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011."English weekly". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  18. Japan Times "'The Japan Times / International New York Times' to launch tomorrow; commemorative event scheduled for 23 October", 15 October 2013
  19. Mark Brazil - The Japan Times Japan Times Retrieved March 25, 2017
  20. "Tozen - The Japan Times". Tozen. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  21. Koichi (10 November 2014). "A Dictionary of Japanese Grammar".
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