The Japan Times
The Japan Times
Sample page 1 of The Japan Times
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Nifco
Publisher Yukiko Ogasawara
President Takeharu Tsutsumi
Managing editors Takashi Kitazume
Staff writers Approx. 160
Founded 1897
1983 (Ogasawara family's control)
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. Toshiaki have become the controlling shareholder of the Japan times since 1983. Yukiko inherited her father's position since 2016 after his death.

The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper.[1][2] It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd. (? ? ?, Kabushiki gaisha Japan Taimuzu), a subsidiary of Nifco, a manufacturer of plastic fasteners for the automotive and home design industries since 1983. It is headquartered in the Japan Times Nifco Building (, Japan Taimuzu Nifuko Biru) in Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo.[3][4]


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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[7] Shintaro Fukushima (1907?- 1987) became the president in 1956. He exchanged each company's stock with Toshiaki Ogasawara ( Ogasawara Toshiaki). Fukushima renounced managing rights in 1983.[8] 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.[8] Nifco chairman Toshiaki Ogasawara also served as the chairman and publisher of The Japan Times until his death on November 30, 2016.[9] His daughter Yukiko Ogasawara ( Ogasawara Yukiko) was president of the company from 2006 to 2012, when she was replaced by career Japan Times staffer Takeharu Tsutsumi. Yukiko succeeded her father as chairman of the company after his death.[10]



The Japan Times, Inc. publishes three periodicals: The Japan Times, an English-language daily broadsheet;[11]The Japan Times Weekly, an English-language weekly in tabloid form;[12] 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 New York Times International Edition.[13]


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 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).

Former contributors

Employee unions

Staff at The Japan Times are represented by two unions, one of which is Tozen.[15]


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


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Media: The Japan Times". World Eye Reports. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ "Map to the Japan Times." (Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. "4-5-4 Shibaura Minato-ku"
  4. ^ "Map to The Japan Times." (Japanese version, Image) The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. " ?4-5-4"
  5. ^ a b Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece", The Japan Times, 13 August 2011, p. 3.
  6. ^ Peter O'Connor, The Japan Times at War Time: Mouth piece or Moderator?
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b "?--". tokyo keizai. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ About Us The Japan Times.
  11. ^ "Newspaper Sizes". Paper Sizes. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "English daily". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 2011. "English weekly". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 2011. 
  13. ^ Japan Times "'The Japan Times / International New York Times' to launch tomorrow; commemorative event scheduled for 23 October", 15 October 2013
  14. ^ Mark Brazil - The Japan Times Japan Times Retrieved March 25, 2017
  15. ^ "Tozen - The Japan Times". Tozen. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  16. ^

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