The Japan Times (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Chairperson, Publisher and President: Minako Suematsu) has now digitized the archival publication "The Japan Times Weekly" and made it available via "Japan Times Book Viewer," a platform that allows users to search and browse the newspaper’s archives in book format.

Published as an optional, magazine-type companion to “The Japan Time & Mail,” the full-color “The Japan Times Weekly” debuted in the 1930s, a tumultuous period marked by accelerated military activity that would soon see Japan enter the Second World War.

Coverage of general news, foreign relations, Japanese press views, social and cultural activities, sports, amusements, advertorial, and other features deemed of interest to those abroad by editors provides a fascinating glimpse into attempts to portray Japan in English at a critical junction in world history.

Researchers, students, libraries, and educational institutions will all benefit from what this collection offers.

Product Outline


Product name: "The Japan Times Weekly" (digitized edition)

Publication period: September 1938 - December 1941

Contents: 153 issues

Product audience: Corporate customers such as libraries, schools, research institutes, etc.

Platform: Japan Times Book Viewer

Sales Format:

1. Optional purchase with “The Japan Times Archives”

2. Independent purchase

The Japan Times Archives has digitized the entire 126-year history of the newspaper, from its premier issue in 1897 up to 2023. Since its release in 2013, “The Japan Times Archives" has been highly recognized by librarians, school officials, and researchers as a valuable English-language resource, indispensable when discussing Japan.

About The Japan Times: The Japan Times provides authoritative journalism under the core values of independence and fairness, striving to give readers the big picture on Japan, Asia and the world. Widely respected as Japan’s premier English go-to news source, our legacy dates back to 1897, with readers now accessing our world-class journalism via newspaper, digital, podcast and newsletter form.


The Japan Times, Ltd.

Corporate Affairs Management Division (Kumano) Email: [email protected]

Sales Dept. (Fujii) Email: [email protected]

The press release may be downloaded in PDF format