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The Japan Times
Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Staff writers Approx. 260
Founded 1897
Language English
Headquarters Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
Official website

The Japan Times is one of the few independent English language newspapers published in Japan: it mainly competes with English editions of the major dailies, such as the Daily Yomiuri and the International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun.

  • Motto: "All the News Without Fear or Favor", "The World's Window on Japan"
  • Chairman: Toshiaki Ogasawara
  • Capital: ¥476,437,000
  • Business: Publishes The Japan Times, The Japan Times Weekly, Shukan ST bilingual weekly, books in English and Japanese; operates InterFM radio station, as well as a travel agency



  • 1897: Inaugural issue of The Japan Times (March 22)
  • 1918: Name changed to The Japan Times and Mail
  • 1940: Name changed to The Japan Times and Advertiser
  • 1943: Name changed to Nippon Times
  • 1951: First Issue of The Student Times (now Weekly ST) weekly
  • 1961: The Japan Times Weekly inaugurated
  • 1966: Moves from Uchisaiwai-chō, Chiyoda-ku, to new building in Shibaura, Minato-ku
  • 1983: Toshiaki Ogasawara becomes the 18th president
  • 1987: Opens full-time editorial bureau in Osaka
  • 1989: New Japan Times-Nifco Building completed
  • 1996: InterFM radio station was inaugurated
  • 1997: The Japan Times celebrates its centenary
  • 2006: Yukiko Ogasawara becomes the 19th president
  • 2007: Price raised from 150 yen to 180 yen (1 October)

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