Nishinippon Shimbun

The Nishinippon (The Nishinippon Shimbun)
Type Daily newspaper
Format Blanket (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)
Owner(s) The Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Publisher Takao Kawasaki
Founded March, 1877
Language Japanese
Headquarters Fukuoka
Circulation Morning edition: 759,243
Evening edition: 115,408
(ABC Japan, average for January–June 2013)
Headquarters of Nishinippon Shimbun in Fukuoka.

The Nishinippon Shimbun (西日本新聞 Nishinippon Shinbun, West-Japan Daily) is a Japanese language daily newspaper published by the Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd (株式会社西日本新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Nishinippon Shinbunsha). As of 2013, it had a circulation of about 875,000 (total of morning and evening editions). It is headquartered in Fukuoka, which accounts for the bulk of its circulation, and is also sold throughout Kyūshū.


Nishinippon Shimbun began in 1877 as the Chikushi Shimbun to report the Seinan Civil War. In 1880 it became the Fukuoka Nichi-Nichi Shimbun and then in 1942, during the Pacific War, it joined with Kyushu Hodo to form the Nishinippon Shimbun.

Domestic network

Nishinippon Shimbun is the largest regional newspaper in Kyushu. Its reporters network covers all of Kyushu. In addition to its main office in Fukuoka City, it has 65 local offices in the 7 prefectures of Kyushu, and has Tokyo and Osaka branches.

Foreign correspondents network

Nishinippon Shimbun has six foreign bureaus, in Washington, D.C., Paris, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, and Bangkok.[1] It has also had a writer program with Busan Ilbo in Busan, Korea.

Events and teams sponsored

In 1950, Nishinippon Shimbun owned the Nishi-Nippon Pirates, a Japanese baseball team and a founding member of Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League. The Pirates only lasted one season before being merged with the Nishitetsu Clippers to form the Nishitetsu Lions.

The Nishinippon Shimbun sponsors the Prince Takamatsu Cup Nishinippon Round-Kyūshū Ekiden(Grand Tour Kyushu), the world's longest relay race.[2]


  1. "Company Information" (in Japanese). Nishinippon Shimbun. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  2. "Company Data". Nishinippon Shimbun. Archived from the original on 2013-04-26.

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