The Asahi Shimbun AJW is the new English-language digital version of The Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper. AJW originally stood for Asahi Japan Watch, but now it represents “Asia and Japan Watch” to better 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 44 prefectures, complemented by 248 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 Division 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 rising yen 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.
- 3/11 Disaster in Japan
- This section 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 updated daily. This section frequently 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.
- Behind the News
- focuses on a wide range of Japanese political and social affairs. Its extensive coverage of China and the Korean Peninsula, especially politics, diplomatic maneuvering and analytical content, is without parallel.
- follows the yen, business trends and macroeconomic developments, not only in Japan, but also in China and the Korean Peninsula.
- has valuable opinions and analyses by veteran Asahi columnists as well as outside contributors.
- 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.
- focuses on features on sumo, baseball and soccer, as well as profiles of outstanding athletes, rather than simple game reports or straight news available anywhere.
- offers in-depth features and articles on a wide range of topics written from an international perspective. This section also runs an article featuring a Japanese who shows outstanding international talent in his or her field.
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|Publisher||The Asahi Shimbun Company|
|Address||5-3-2 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, Japan 〒104-8011|
|Sales representative||Junichi Furuyama|
|Service price||Price plans explained at http://ajw.asahi.com/register/|
|Cost other than subscription fees||None|
|How to sign up||On this website|
|Provision of service||Immediately after sign-up|
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|Can I return the service?||Given the nature of the product, it cannot be returned.|