The Nikkei

The Nihon Keizai Shinbun
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Nikkei Inc.
Publisher Tsuneo Kita
Founded 2 December 1876
Political alignment Moderate conservative
Language Japanese
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Circulation 2,946,594 Morning
1,558,594 Evening[1]
Nikkei headquarters in Ōtemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Former headquarters in Ōtemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Nikkei offices in Osaka

The Nikkei, formally known as The Nihon Keizai Shinbun (日本経済新聞, Japan Economics Newspaper), is Nikkei Inc.'s flagship publication and the world's largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding three million.

The roots of the Nikkei started with an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Company in 1876 when it started publication of Chugai Bukka Shimpo (literally Domestic and Foreign Commodity Price Newspaper), a weekly market-quotation bulletin. The department was spun out as the Shokyosha in 1882. The paper became daily (except Sunday) in 1885 and was renamed Chugai Shogyo Simpo in 1889. It was merged with Nikkan Kogyo and Keizai Jiji and renamed Nihon Sangyo Keizai Shimbun in 1942. The paper changed its name to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 1946.[2]

Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950.[3]

As of 30 November 2015 Nikkei became the official owner of the Financial Times, having bought the newspaper from Pearson PLC.[4]


Nikkei Inc. specializes in publishing financial, business and industry news. Its main news publications include:

Nikkei sells these newspapers around the world, in their original languages and in translation. It also makes many of its Japanese articles available in English through wire services, an English language website, and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.

Nikkei agreed on 23 July 2015 to buy the UK-based FT Group, which includes business daily Financial Times, for the equivalent of $1.32 billion from Pearson PLC.[7][8]

On 30 November 2015, Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times from Pearson plc [9]

Nikkei also owns TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC, which provides coverage of the Japanese market during trading hours and rebroadcasts CNBC during off-hours and weekends.

Nikkei Group affiliate companies

Major companies:

See also


  1. ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) Japan, average for July–December 2012
  2. "History : COMPANY". Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. Landers, Peter (July 23, 2015). "5 Things to Know About Nikkei". 5 Things (blog). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  4. "Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times". Nikkei.
  5. "Full ver. "SEE WHAT OTHERS DON'T" Nikkei Asian Review PV". Nikkei Asian Review. YouTube. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  6. Greenslade, Roy (2013-11-21). "Nikkei launches new Asian magazine". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  7. Mance, Henry; Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan (23 July 2015). "Nikkei to buy FT Group for £844m from Pearson". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 2 September 2015. (subscription required)
  8. Mance, Henry; Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan (23 July 2015). "Nikkei to buy FT Group for £844m from Pearson". CNBC. Financial Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. "Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times". Nikkei.
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