The Japan Times announced Monday that it had signed a publishing agreement with The New York Times Co. in the Japanese market.

The agreement will see the print edition of The Japan Times bundled with the International New York Times from Monday to Saturday. The first issue of the combined product, which will be known as The Japan Times/International New York Times, will be published on Oct. 16.

The International New York Times is currently known as the International Herald Tribune. On Feb. 25, the New York Times Company announced that its Paris-based sister publication will be re-branded as an international version of The New York Times and will be tailored and edited specifically for global audiences.

In announcing the agreement, Takeharu Tsutsumi, president of The Japan Times, emphasized the benefits that the new product will offer readers. “The Japan Times will remain a proudly independent newspaper, and will continue to offer our readers the very best in English-language journalism available in Japan. By packaging The Japan Times with the International New York Times, we will also provide our readers with the global edition of one of the best-known and most widely respected newspapers in the world,” Tsutsumi said.

The JT/INYT will consist of two separate sections. The front section will feature the same Japan Times content that current readers enjoy. The back section will be edited from the Hong Kong, New York, Paris and London offices of the International New York Times and will draw on the global network and vast journalistic resources of The New York Times.

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, the publisher of the International New York Times, said: “We are thrilled that the International New York Times will be made available to Japan Times readers later this year.

“As the International Herald Tribune, we have built a reputation as the premier source of news, opinion and commentary for global citizens, and as the International New York Times we will further build on this distinctive international voice.”

Subscribers to JT/INYT will also enjoy significant benefits in the digital domain, including unlimited free access to the New York Times’ popular website, NYTimes.com, and NYTimes-branded apps for use on smartphones and tablets.

On Sundays, when there will be no JT/INYT, The Japan Times will publish a separate newspaper that will be delivered to JT/INYT subscribers and sold at newsstands.

Newsstand prices and subscription rates for the JT/INYT have not yet been determined, although Japan Times President Tsutsumi said he intends to set them competitively, taking into consideration the circumstances of the market.

Inquiries about subscriptions to The Japan Times should be directed to the toll-free phone number 0120-036-242 or to the email address jtsales@japantimes.co.jp.

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