Sankei Shimbun

The Sankei Shimbun
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)
Owner(s) Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Publisher Nagayoshi Sumita
Founded June 20, 1933
Political alignment Right-wing
Language Japanese
Headquarters Osaka & Tokyo
Circulation Morning edition: 2,191,587
Evening edition:[1] 635,988
(ABC Japan, October 2005)

Sankei Shimbun (産経新聞 Sankei Shinbun), literally "Industrial and Economic Newspaper", is a daily newspaper in Japan published by the Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. (株式会社産業経済新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Sangyō Keizai Shinbunsha). It has the sixth highest circulation for a newspaper in Japan, and is considered one of the five "national" newspapers.[2]

Corporate profile

Tokyo Sankei Building
Namba Sankei Building

The Sankei Shimbun is part of the Fujisankei Communications Group and is 40% owned by Fuji Media Holdings. The company is also the owner of Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (OBC, Radio Osaka).


Notable corporate alumni


In August 2014, South Korea filed suit against Sankei for insults against Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea, and demanded Tatsuya Kato, head of the Seoul Bureau, present himself for questioning.[3][4][5][6][7] The article was about several rumors about Park during the Sinking of the MV Sewol, referencing Korean news reports. Sankei referred to Chosun Ilbo, however only Sankei was charged with defamation. Sankei was considered an anti-Korean newspaper in Korea.[8] Thus, Japanese media assumed the suit was a warning to Sankei.[9][10]

In December 2014, the newspaper apologized after running Richard Koshimizu's ad promoting anti-Semitic books.[11][12]

On February 11, 2015, regular columnist Ayako Sono wrote an opinion piece suggesting that while it will be necessary for Japan to accept more immigrants in order to bolster a decreasing workforce, Japan should take steps to ensure the separation of immigrants in regards to living conditions, citing South African apartheid as an example of how to achieve this goal.[13][14][15]

See also


  1. Evening edition is published only for Kansai region.
  2. Pharr, Susan J.; Ellis S. Krauss (1996). Media and politics in Japan. University of Hawaii Press. p. 4. ISBN 0-8248-1761-3.
  8. "Sankei Shimbun's defamation of Korea goes too far". Dong-a Ilbo. South Korea. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-10-27.
  9. "EDITORIAL: South Korea's suppression of press freedom undermines democracy". Asahi Shimbun. Japan. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-10-27.
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