Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Office
Yomiuri Shimbun Osaka Office
The is a
Japanese newspaper published in
Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major Japanese
It is one of the five national newspapers in Japan
; the other four are
the Asahi Shimbun
Nihon Keizai Shimbun
and the Sankei
Founded in 1874, the Yomiuri Shimbun
is credited with
having the largest newspaper circulation in the world, having a
combined morning and evening circulation of 14,323,781 throughout
January 2002. The paper is printed twice a day and in several
different local editions.
established the Yomiuri Prize
in 1948 whose winners include
and Haruki Murakami
The Yomiuri Shimbun
and sometimes considered a
example, The New York
Times's International Herald Tribune reported that "The
nation's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, applauded the
revisions" in reference to the whitewashing of the educational
textbooks on comfort women and the
Nanking Massacre in China.
And the Wall
reported that "The Yomiuri Shinbun, the
country's largest national daily, for example, blasted the Chinese
government in an editorial"because of the Chinese Foreign Ministry
official's criticism of the whitewashing of the textbooks.
Other publications and ventures
Yomiuri also publishes The Daily Yomiuri
, Japan's largest
newspaper. As a
supplement to the daily edition, a weekly newsmagazine – The
– is circulated. It also publishes the daily
, a sport
-specific daily newspaper, as well as weekly and
Shimbun Holdings also owns the Chuokoron-Shinsha publishing company,
which it acquired in 1999, and the Nippon Television network.
It is a member of the Asia News
The Yomiuri Shimbun
is also known as the de facto
financial patron of the baseball
and the soccer
Tokyo Verdy 1969
. They also sponsor
the Japan Fantasy Novel
was launched in 1876 by the Nisshusha
newspaper company as a small daily newspaper. Throughout the 1880s
and 1890s the paper came to be known as a literary arts publication
with its regular inclusion of work by writers such as Ozaki Koyo
In 1924, Shoriki Matsutaro took over management of the company. His
innovations included sensational news coverage, a full-page radio
program guide, and the establishment of Japan's first professional
team (now known as the Yomiuri Giants
emphasis of the paper shifted to broad news coverage aimed at
readers in the Tokyo area.
By 1941 it
had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the Tokyo area.
In 1942, under wartime conditions, it merged with the Hochi
and became known as the Yomiuri-Hochi
In February 2009, tie-up with The Wall Street Journal
printing and distribution, then from March the major news of
of WSJ Asian edition is summarized
on evening edition in Japanese.
In November 1999, The Yomiuri Shimbun released a CD-ROM
titled "The Yomiuri Shimbun in the Meiji Era
," which provided searchable archives of
news articles and images from the period that have been digitalized
from microfilm. This was the first time a newspaper made it
possible to search digitalized images of newspaper pictures and
articles as they appeared in print.
Subsequent CD-ROMs, "The Taisho
", "The prewar Showa Era I", and "The prewar Showa era II"
were completed eight years after the project was first conceived.
"Postwar Recovery", the first part of a postwar Showa Era
series that includes newspaper stories
and images until 1960, is on the way.
The system of indexing each newspaper article and image makes the
archives easier to search, and the CD-ROMs have been well received
by users as a result. This digital resource is available in most
major academic libraries in the United States.
- 1-7-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo,
- 1-16-5, Akasaka, Chūō-ku,
- World Association of
100 Largest Newspapers, 2005
- Brooke, James. " Japan Hopes to Use Aid to Press North Korea to End
A-Bomb Plan." The New York Times. October 19,
2002. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.