The Japan Times

The Japan Times

Sample page 1 of The Japan Times
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Nifco
Publisher Toshiaki Ogasawara
President Takeharu Tsutsumi
Managing editors Takashi Kitazume
Staff writers Approx. 160
Founded 1897
Language English
Headquarters Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
ISSN 0447-5763
OCLC number 21225620
Yukiko Ogasawara, vice-chairperson of The Japan Times, with her father, Toshiaki Ogasawara, the publisher and chairperson of the newspaper and its parent company, Nifco, in November 2007

The Japan Times is Japan's largest English-language newspaper.[1] 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 Nifco, a leading manufacturer of plastic fasteners for the automotive and home design industries. It is headquartered in the Japan Times Nifco Building (ジャパンタイムズ・ニフコビル Japan Taimuzu Nifuko Biru) in Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo.[2][3]


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.[4] 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 an anti-English language sentiment during World War II era Japan.[5]

At first, 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.[4]

Nifco, a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, acquired control of The Japan Times in 1996.[7] Nifco chairman Toshiaki Ogasawara (小笠原 敏晶 Ogasawara Toshiaki) is also the chairman and publisher of The Japan Times. 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.[8]



The Japan Times, Inc. publishes three periodicals: The Japan Times, an English-language daily broadsheet;[9] The Japan Times Weekly, an English-language weekly in tabloid form;[10] 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 International New York Times.[11]


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 complete 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).[12]

Regular contributors

Former contributors

Employee unions

Staff at The Japan Times are represented by two unions, one of which is Tozen.[18]



See also


  1. "Media: The Japan Times". World Eye Reports. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. "Map to the Japan Times." (Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "4-5-4 Shibaura Minato-ku"
  3. "Map to The Japan Times." (Japanese version, Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "ジャパンタイムズ・ニフコビル 港区芝浦4-5-4"
  4. 1 2 Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece", The Japan Times, 13 August 2011, p. 3.
  5. 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.
  6. Peter O'Connor, The Japan Times at War Time: Mouth piece or Moderator?
  7. "Company History". Nifco. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  8. About Us The Japan Times.
  9. "Newspaper Sizes". Paper Sizes. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  10. "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.
  11. Japan Times "'The Japan Times / International New York Times' to launch tomorrow; commemorative event scheduled for 23 October", 15 October 2013
  12. "Twitter account"."Facebook account". Retrieved 16 October 2011."Google+ account". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  13. Japan Times - Debito Arudou Retrieved September 25, 2015
  14. Japan Times - Philip Brasor Retrieved September 25, 2015
  15. Japan Times - Amy Chavez Retrieved September 25, 2015
  16. Japan Times - Gregory Clark Retrieved September 25, 2015
  17. Japan Times - Jeff Kingston Retrieved September 23, 2015
  18. "Tozen - The Japan Times". Tozen. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 12/4/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.