A celebration of 120 years of delivering the news … and our latest evolution


Takeharu Tsutsumi


March 22, 2017

Reliable news sources crucial for making informed decisions

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President, The Japan Times

On the momentous and historic occasion of the 120th anniversary of the inauguration of The Japan Times, it is a great pleasure and honor for me to address you as president and celebrate this unique moment with our esteemed readers, who have provided such a long and lasting patronage of our paper.


Stephen Dunbar-Johnson


March 22, 2017


Japan’s premier source of English news

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PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, THE NEW YORK TIMES

On behalf of The New York Times, I’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to The Japan Times on its 120th anniversary. Throughout its history, The Japan Times has offered the world a unique perspective on the critical issues affecting Japan, producing content of the highest quality and integrity.





March 22, 2017


New-look print issue rings in the next era

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ART DIRECTOR, THE JAPAN TIMES

As we celebrate our 120th anniversary today, it may interest readers to know that the last time The Japan Times had a major redesign was 30 years ago, for our 90th anniversary, when the current logo first graced the front page.





March 22, 2017


Creating the perfect blend of our past and present

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ART DIRECTOR, THE JAPAN TIMES

Two years ago, when we first decided to rethink The Japan Times logo for the 120th anniversary, we considered reintroducing the inaugural blackletter logo in order to emphasize our Meiji-Era roots. After redrawing and digitizing The Japan Times logo from 1903 and testing it in both print and screen we realized, however, that it simply wasn’t working.

The Japan Times
The Japan Times’ newsroom of today sends out news of Japan to the world.

toast to the times


March 22, 2017


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Editorial department staff work in The Japan Times office near JR Shimbashi Station in Tokyo in the early 1960s. The office was not air-conditioned.


March 22, 2017


Lineage dates back to Edo Period

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SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES

In the history of English-language dailies in this country, The Japan Times is virtually the last one standing, with its ups and downs involving business difficulties and challenges, wartime government control, mergers, and post-war press freedom.


Episodes of historical interest from JT's pages


March 22, 2017


Episodes of historical interest from JT’s pages

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STAFF WRITER

One lingering question about the history of The Japan Times is: Does it have any connection with the Japan Times launched in 1865 in Yokohama? The answer is “Yes,” but in a roundabout way. In 1918, The Japan Times absorbed The Japan Mail, which had absorbed the earlier Japan Times in the 1870s.


Witnessing and recording Japan's history


March 22, 2017


Witnessing and recording Japan’s history

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MANAGING EDITOR, THE JAPAN TIMES

Witnessing major historical events is exciting, but it also means challenges for journalists. In my early days as a staff writer of The Japan Times in the 1990s, tragic events such as the Great Hanshin Earthquake and Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin nerve gas attacks in 1995 kept us busy. That took away reporters’ private time and left us sleep deprived.





March 22, 2017


Papers refocus, expand role in business, education

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DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS DEPARTMENT, THE JAPAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS AND EDITORS ASSOCIATION

Concerns over the spread of “news deserts” are growing in the U.S. The term news deserts is how the University of North Carolina in 2016 described the crisis of some communities losing their local newspapers. These papers are subjects of speculative investment in being bought and sold by groups of investors. If the sale of a local newspaper fails and the newspaper is abolished, area residents can lose their only source of information.





March 22, 2017


Responsible disrupters in the ‘post-truth’ news era

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SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES

The term fourth industrial revolution is not new anymore. Whether or not we understand what it means and its implications, we have a sense that technology has led — and will lead — us to a very different world. More industries are being disrupted and new business models are emerging almost every day to enable us with more capabilities.