English-language newspapers to be featured in exhibition

The Japan Times, with the cooperation of its competitors, will open on Mar. 9 an exhibition of Japan’s English-language newspapers dating back to the 19th century. The show is part of the events celebrating The Japan Times’ 100th anniversary, which falls on March 22.

The “English-Language Newspaper Exhibition” will be held in the main lobby of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. It will feature 40 display panels of newspaper pages covering major historical events. The exhibition will be in Tokyo until March 30 and then will move to Osaka, where it will run April 9 to 13 at Hankyu Umeda Bigman Square. Admission is free.

The displays will carry reports from The Japan Times and other English-language newspapers, including publications produced by the foreign community toward the end of the Edo Period. Space will be devoted to the inaugural issues of English-language newspapers published by the Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, which supplied their own displays.

Among the featured news events will be the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995. The exhibition is supported by the Foreign Ministry, the Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), and the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association. Cooperation has been extended by major newspapers and wire services, the Foreign Press Center, the University of Tokyo and the Imperial Hotel.