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The Japan Times

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Type  Daily newspaper
Owner(s)  Nifco
President  Takeharu Tsutsumi
Format  Broadsheet
Publisher  Yukiko Ogasawara
Managing editors  Takashi Kitazume
The Japan Times

The Japan Times is Japan's largest English-language newspaper. 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 since 1983. 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.

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History

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. 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. 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. 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 ban of English language sentiment during World War II era Japan. 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) . Shintaro renounce the managing rights in 1983. Thus Ogasawara's 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. Nifco chairman Toshiaki Ogasawara also served as the chairman and publisher of The Japan Times until his death on November 30, 2016. 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 succeed his father's position and become chairman of the company after his death.

Print

The Japan Times, Inc. publishes three periodicals: The Japan Times, an English-language daily broadsheet; The Japan Times Weekly, an English-language weekly in tabloid form; 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.

Web

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).

Regular contributors

  • Debito Arudou, (Just Be Cause) columnist
  • Philip Brasor, (Media Mix) media columnist, music writer
  • Amy Chavez, (Japan Lite) columnist
  • Gregory Clark, commentary writer
  • Sir Hugh Cortazzi, commentary writer
  • David Cozy, literary critic
  • Roger Dahl, Opinion Page cartoonist, Zero Gravity cartoonist
  • Thomas Dillon
  • Brad Glosserman, commentary writer
  • Alice Gordenker, (So, What the Heck is That?) columnist
  • Giovanni Fazio, film critic
  • Wayne Graczyk, baseball writer
  • Michael Hoffmann, (Big in Japan) media columnist
  • Noriko Hama, business columnist
  • Makiko Itoh (Japanese Kitchen), food writer
  • Misha Janette, (Stylewise) fashion columnist
  • Judit Kawaguchi (Words to Live By)
  • Matthew Larking, art critic
  • C.B. Liddell, art critic
  • David McNeill, feature writer
  • Jon Mitchell, Okinawa, military contamination, social issues
  • Kit Pancoast Nagamura, (Walking the Wards and The Backstreet Stories) columnist
  • Hifumi Okunuki, labor law scholar
  • Mark Schilling, film critic
  • Mark Schreiber, media columnist, book critic
  • Kaori Shoji, film critic
  • Steve McClure, music critic
  • Jean Snow, (On Design) design columnist
  • Robbie Swinnerton, (Tokyo Food File), food writer
  • Peter Vecsey, sports columnist
  • Jeff Kingston
  • Former contributors

  • Monty DiPietro, art critic
  • John Gauntner, Nihonshu columnist
  • Don Maloney (author)
  • Dreux Richard, African community, investigative
  • Donald Richie, book, film critic
  • Edward Seidensticker
  • Robert Yellin Ceramic Scene columnist
  • Jean Pearce, Community columnist
  • Fred Varcoe, Sports editor
  • Elyse Rogers and Fume Miyatake, Women in Business Columnists
  • Mark Brazil, "Wild Watch" nature columnist (1982-2015)
  • Employee unions

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

    Production

  • Capital: ¥476,437,000
  • Business: Publishes The Japan Times, The Japan Times Weekly, Shukan ST (a bilingual weekly), books in English and Japanese
  • Books

  • Genki: an Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
  • A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
  • References

    The Japan Times Wikipedia


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