|Kabushiki gaisha Jiji Tsūshin-sha|
|Type||Private employee-owned KK|
|Founded||November 1, 1945|
|Headquarters||Ginza 5-15-8, |
Number of locations
|78 offices in Japan, 28 offices overseas|
|Masao Omuro (President)|
|262 million yen (2016)|
|Total assets||38 billion yen (2016)|
|Total equity||21 billion yen (2016)|
Number of employees
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Jiji was formed in November 1945 following the breakup of Domei Tsushin, the government-controlled news service responsible for disseminating information prior to and during World War II. Jiji inherited Domei's business-oriented news operations, while Kyodo News inherited its general public-oriented news operations. In later years Jiji developed ties with UPI, the Associated Press, AFP, Reuters and other international news organizations.
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