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What is a digital subscription? How much does it cost?

A digital subscription gives you more comprehensive access to web content:

  • The Digital plan costs ¥3,000 ($30) per month and allows unlimited access to all stories.
  • The Digital Lite plan costs ¥900 ($9) per month and allows access to 80 stories a month, including 10 Kyodo archive stories (older than one month).

See our digital subscription plan introduction page for more details.

I subscribe to the print newspaper. Do I get free access to The Japan Times website and nytimes.com?

Yes, a print subscription to The Japan Times entitles you to full access to The Japan Times website, as well as NYT.com and the content on New York Times’ apps. This is free of charge to print subscribers. However, to enjoy these benefits, you will need to register for a free online membership. Here’s how :

I subscribe to The Japan Times on Sunday. Do I get free digital access?

No. You will need to subscribe to one of our digital plans. See our  plan introduction page for more details.

See our digital subscription plan introduction page for more details.

Why can’t I access certain stories?

Kyodo stories are archived after 30 days. Only print and Digital plan subscribers have unlimited access to these older stories. Digital Lite subscribers can access up to 10 each month. Digital Lite subscribers who wish to read more archived stories should either upgrade to a full Digital subscription plan or purchase a booster pack.  Note: There are restrictions on Kyodo stories in booster packs.  See the chart below for exact allotments.

Plan Access
Digital Plan (¥/$) Unlimited access to all Kyodo stories
Digital Lite Plan (¥/$) 10 Kyodo archive stories (out of 80
stories)
80 story digital booster pack (¥/$) 10 Kyodo archive stories (out of 80
stories)
40 story digital booster pack (¥/$) 5 Kyodo archive stories (out of 40
stories)

AP stories expire after one month.

There are no restrictions on stories written by staff or JT contributors for print or full Digital plan subscribers.

Why have I not received my registration email yet?

In some cases, our mail might have been routed to your spam folder.

It is also possible that our automated mail is being blocked by your Internet provider.

In the case when a customer cannot create an account because of blocked mail,  our customer service division can create an account ID on your behalf.

If your confirmation mail has not arrived after 10 minutes of applying, and it’s not in your spam folder, please use this form to notify us.

I don’t want to subscribe to the newspaper. Can I still read your stories online?

Yes. You can read up to 20 stories per month, free of charge; however, a free membership is required to read more than five. If you’d like to read more than 20 stories, you’ll need to apply for a digital subscription.

The Digital plan costs ¥3,000 ($30) per month and allows unlimited access to all stories. It is renewed automatically.

The Digital Lite plan costs ¥900 ($9) per month and allows access to 80 stories a month, including 10 Kyodo archive stories (older than one month).

See our digital plan introduction page for more details.

I want to read more than 20 stories a month. How do I do that?

A digital subscription gives you access to more web content:

  • The Digital plan costs ¥3,000 ($30) per month and allows unlimited access to all stories. It is renewed automatically.

  • The Digital Lite plan costs ¥900 ($9) per month and allows access to 80 stories a month, including 10 Kyodo archive stories (older than one month).

See our digital plan introduction page for more details.

I’m a Digital Lite subscriber. What do I do if I run out of stories?

You can extend your monthly story allotment by purchasing booster packs in quantities of 80 or 40 stories.

Plan name Price
Digital booster (¥) +80 stories ¥900
Digital booster (¥) +40 stories ¥500

You may purchase booster packs from this page (you’ll need to be signed in as member to access the page).

Note that Digital Lite subscribers can only read a limited number of Kyodo archive stories (Kyodo News stories older than one month). You also have the option of switching to the full Digital plan, which offers unlimited access to all articles including Kyodo archive stories.

How are digital subscriptions billed?

Your credit card will be charged at the beginning of each month.

Does this limit apply to all website pages? Does the front page count as page view? How about search results?

No, the front page, category index pages (such as our top News page ) and search result pages are not included in the story limit.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Your first month is free. After being billed once for your second month, you may cancel at any time. After cancellation, access continues until the end of the current month.  You will not be charged during the following billing cycle. You will not, however, be refunded any amount.

Yes, we encourage readers to share stories and to know that content they are sharing can be read by others.

I want to comment more than once on a previously read story. Will these page views be counted against my monthly allotment?

No. You may return to a previously viewed story to continue commenting on it. It will not be counted as an additional page view.

Do you have an education, group or corporate subscription program? Are there any subscription discounts?

At this time, we do not offer group discounts.

 

Can I read all the articles in the newspaper on the Japan Times website?

The majority of stories published in the paper will also appear online. The stock listings, however, are print only. Due to wire service contracts, certain stories will be displayed online for a limited time.

At what time will my monthly allotment of news change?

The number of stories you can read each month will be refreshed at midnight on the final day of the month.

Do you have a digital-only subscription plan that offers access to both The Japan Times website and nytimes.com?

No. Digital-only subscribers to JT’s website will not gain access to nyt.com. You need to subscribe to the newspaper to gain free access to both.

I’m a print subscriber who lives in an area where The Japan Times is delivered a day later. Is there a way that I can see the local TV listings earlier?

Yes, print subscribers can access a downloadable PDF version of the TV listings page from 10 p.m. the evening before the newspaper is published. This service is available to print subscribers who are JT members and subscribers to our Digital plan. Please log into you account page to access the TV listing download page.

My question was not answered here. How can I get more information?

Please use this form to contact Customer Service. Your inquiry should be as detailed as possible.