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What are The Japan Times Membership Services?

Signing up for a free membership makes you eligible for a range of online services. Non-subscribers can read up to 10 stories per month for free, while paid subscribers can access further content depending on their plan specifications. There is also an option to receive daily email updates. Members of the service are entitled to the following:

・Read stories on The Japan Times Website (free access up to 10 stories / month)

・Receive free Email Updates

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

Yes. You can read up to 10 stories per month, free of charge. The following conditions apply:

A free membership is required to access 10 stories. *Those who are not registered can only read up to five stories per month.

Kyodo News stories expire after 30 days. For the details of wire service contracts, see here .

Subscribing to the DIGITAL plan (with charge) allows unlimited access to all stories.

Do page allotments apply to all of the JT website pages? Does the front page count as page view? How about search results?
No, the front page, category index pages (e.g. Top News page ) and search result pages are not included in the story allotment.
Can I read all the stories in the newspaper on The Japan Times Website?
The vast majority of stories published in the paper will also appear online. A small number, however, are published in print only. Due to wire service contracts, certain stories will be displayed online for a limited time.
I’m a JT/NYT subscriber. How can I use my subscriber benefits to utilize the free full access to The Japan Times website and

Follow these simple steps to start enjoying free digital access on any device.

■ I’m already a registered member

1. Click on My Account

2. Choose “About JT/NYT print subscription benefit”

3. Fill in the form and confirm. Click on “Registered as a current subscriber”

4. After applying, you will receive emails as a record of your account ID for The Japan Times website and/or subscription number for You can also view this information by logging into the account page on The Japan Times website:

Please note: It may take up to five days for registration

■ I'm not a registered member yet

1. Visit

2. Click on "Sign up for membership" and follow the steps. When complete, proceed from step 2 above.

Is there an app for The Japan Times?

There is a free app available.

iOS (Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad)

Android OS (other than Apple devices)

*May not work on certain device versions.
*Unable to use on other OS such as Windows OS, Blackberry OS

The app is free, but the number of stories available differs by subscription plan

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■ Digital plan subscribers can enjoy free, unlimited stories.
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■ Digital Lite subscribers can read 80 stories per month.
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■ Registrants of The Japan Times Membership Service can read 10 stories per month.
Non-registrants can read five stories per month.

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*If you haven't used the service for a while, powered off or restarted device, you may need to log in again.

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