The Asahi Shimbun AJW - your ‘go-to’ Japan portal

The Asahi Shimbun AJW is the English-language digital version of The Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper. AJW stands for “Asia and Japan Watch” to reflect our editorial policy of offering in-depth coverage of China, the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Asia, in addition to extensive coverage of Japanese politics, business and society.

Founded in 1879, The Asahi Shimbun is the nation's most respected daily Japanese-language newspaper. It has a circulation of nearly 8 million. The Asahi Shimbun offers unparalleled coverage of Japan, with head bureaus in 47 prefectures, complemented by nearly 300 local bureaus nationwide and more than 30 bureaus overseas. The Asahi Shimbun prides itself on its investigative reporting and analyses of business and political coverage, as well as insightful stories on Japan's fascinating subculture.

This site is operated by the International Digital News Section of The Asahi Shimbun.

The Asahi Shimbun intends to make AJW--a high-quality package of news, features and analysis-- the daily “go-to” site for news about Japan and East Asia for international readers. Concerned about the disaster? Worried about the future of the Japanese economy and what's happening politically? Interested in the latest anime and manga releases? AJW is the place to find out.

Presented in an attractive and easy-to-view format, AJW articles contain many visual elements. Most of our articles are translations of stories that appear in the vernacular Asahi Shimbun and its affiliated publications. But these are not just straight translations. Our team of veteran translators, most of whom have experience as reporters, put together English articles that communicate both the main gist of the Japanese story, but also add valuable background information that non-Japanese readers need to fully understand the context. While this extra effort sometimes takes time, rest assured that the articles we post on AJW have been thoroughly vetted by our editors for accuracy of translation as quickly as possible.

Key sections:

Behind the News
Focuses on a wide range of Japanese politics, social affairs and sports. Its extensive coverage of China and the Korean Peninsula, especially politics, diplomatic maneuvering and analytical content, is without parallel.
3/11 Disaster
Contains The Asahi Shimbun's exhaustive coverage of the March 11 M9.0 earthquake, massive tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. It is frequently updated. This section often runs Asahi scoops and in-depth coverage on the real story behind what is happening at the Fukushima plant and has already garnered high marks from experts, researchers and journalists around the globe.
Cool Japan
Takes a look at quirky subculture trends as well as the latest in the world of anime and manga. This section also offers info and tips on fun events and places to visit in Japan.
Frequently runs scoops and in-depth analyses dispatched by Asahi Shimbun correspondents in China and South Korea.
Sci & Tech
Highlights breakthroughs and achievements of Japanese researchers in the fields of science and technology.
Follows the yen, business trends and macroeconomic developments, not only in Japan, but also in China and the Korean Peninsula.
Offers valuable opinions and analyses by veteran Asahi columnists as well as outside contributors.
Runs in-depth features and articles on a wide range of topics written from an international perspective. This section also runs a People article featuring a Japanese who shows outstanding international talent in his or her field.
Click here for links to special series on such notables as novelist Haruki Murakami, the Senkakus territorial dispute and other topics of interest.
Our community of thoughtful contributors on the state of East Asian affairs. Discussions here may range from the environment and global warming, to breakthroughs in science and technology, and on to wider aspects of arts and culture—in fact, any human endeavor that spans the East Asian region.
Click here for stories on places of note around Japan that are may interest visitors to Japan—or armchair travelers.
What's New
Provides a list of the most recently added stories to the website.

(c) The Asahi Shimbun

Info provided in accordance with Act on Specified Commercial Transactions

Publisher The Asahi Shimbun Company
Address 5-3-2 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, Japan 〒104-8011
Phone number 03-5540-7641
Sales representative Toshio Jo
Service price See price plans here:
Cost other than subscription fees None
Payment method PayPal
How to sign up On this website
Provision of service Immediately after sign-up
When to pay Based on transactional rules set by PayPal
Can I return the service? Given the nature of the product, it cannot be returned.

Members of the International Digital News Section shown here at the Asahi Shimbun's head office in Tokyo, including people from the United States, Britain, Canada, China, Taiwan and South Korea.

More AJW