The Japan Times Archives

  • Search and view data from the past 120 years.
  • Contains an array of valuable content from a unique angle as an English-language newspaper in Japan.
  • Encompasses articles, photos and advertisements, which can be used for PR material.
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OUTLINE OF THE JAPAN TIMES ARCHIVES

The Japan Times Archives enables users to easily search for articles on about 500,000 pages across 120 years, ranging from the inaugural issue in March 1897 to December 2018.

The Japan Times continues to report with perspectives absent from Japanese-language papers, as well as clear, contextual explanations for non-Japanese readers.

The database offers valuable historical content covering domestic and international politics, economy, culture, TV schedules, advertisements, weather forecasts and other useful topics.

The Japan Times Archives is used in universities, schools, libraries and research institutes in Japan and abroad.

The archives are useful for researchers interested in the subjects listed below:

  • East Asia's geopolitics, history
  • Japanese politics
  • Japanology
  • Japanese, military, media and journalism history
  • Research on newspapers

We also sell archive content to companies and organizations.

Our content is an impactful addition to any PR materials and events celebrating your organizations'anniversaries. We are also able to provide proposals for packages on international PR strategies.

THE JAPAN TIMES TAKES PRIDE IN ITS 120 YEARS OF HISTORY.

THE JAPAN TIMES TAKES PRIDE
IN ITS 120 YEARS OF HISTORY.

The greatest foreign policy challenge facing the Japanese government in the Meiji Era (1868–1912) was rewriting the unequal treaties forced upon the country as it opened up to the world during the shogunate’s twilight years.
Among the concessions imposed on Japan by those treaties were the extraterritorial foreign settlements established in seven cities across the country. Friction between the members of those settlements and the native residents of neighboring communities soon became a major headache for the nation.

There was at least one organization eager to address such friction. Ahead of the 1899 return of the foreign settlements to Japanese control, The Japan Times was launched on March 22, 1897, with the goal of clearing up misunderstandings between Japanese and foreigners, conveying the true state of Japanese affairs to nonnative readers and advancing cross-cultural understanding ― a role perfect for Japan’s first English-language newspaper run and edited by Japanese. The Japan Times was initially helmed by Sueji Yamada, a distant relative of Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of Keio University, and employed as its editor-in-chief Motosada Zumoto, who had served as a secretary to the celebrated Meiji Era statesman Hirobumi Ito.

From 1918 to 1940, The Japan Times absorbed other English-language newspapers in Japan, bringing together the country’s English dailies. Thereafter, in each chapter of Japan’s postwar history ― from the Occupation, through the miraculous economic recovery and on to today ― The Japan Times continued to report on domestic affairs and global events, a mission that it has proudly fulfilled as Japan’s sole independent English-language newspaper.

The Japan Times History infographic

THE JAPAN TIMES RECORDS VARIOUS HISTORIC EVENTS

THE JAPAN TIMES RECORDS VARIOUS HISTORIC EVENTS

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Authentication method: IP address recoginition
Search, view method: Date, day, edition (main paper, extra edition, supplement), Full-text search possible using data from OCR scan
Publication frequency: Daily (was random in the early years of the paper)
Period of contents available: 1897–2018 We add one new year’s worth of data every year.
Number of pages: 518,503 pages (as of March 2019)
System requirement: 1920 × 1080 pixels
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Google Chrome 68.x
Mozilla Firefox 61.x
Macintosh Safari 11.x

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We may change services and prices without notice.

SAMPLE

Search screen
Users type date, edition and other key words and click "Search."
Search result screen
A list of articles by year, month, date and page number appear on screen. Click on the article you want to read, and the page will appear. If you use a search word, articles containing the word is will be surrounded with red rectangles.

PURCHASE PLANS

Access The Japan Times Archives with one of the following plans.

One-time purchase

Annual subscription

Options 1 and 2 make multiple accesses impossible as they are installed with an IP address recognition function. Users can conduct keyword searches for content published through 2018.

Purchase of Blu-ray discs (online access included)

Users can conduct keyword searches for the period of the discs users purchase. Users also have access to the online version (same products as the above two) for the period available for the discs. The number of available simultaneous accesses is for the online version is the same as the number of packages purchased. (10 is the upper limit.)
E.g.) Users who purchase JT1, JT2 and JT3 have up to three accesses.

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