S.F.-based Hokubei Mainichi to close

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) The Hokubei Mainichi Newspaper, a Japanese-English daily serving Northern California since 1948, said in its Wednesday edition it will halt publication after Friday’s issue.

The paper said the decision was partly based on the shift in reader interest to the Internet and free papers. The Nichi Bei Times, a San Francisco-based daily aimed mainly at the local Japanese community, ceased printing after the Sept. 10 edition.

The Hokubei Mainichi said it “will continue to seek investors and make every effort to once again become a media outlet serving the community.”

The newspaper, which had a circulation of 7,500, covered events in Japan and the United States, as well as the Japanese community in Northern California, in both English and Japanese.

In July, it curtailed publication to four days a week from five as its finances deteriorated.