Sankei Shimbun

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The Sankei Shimbun
Sankei Shimbun logo.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet (54.6 cm × 40.65 cm)
Owner(s)Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.
mostly owned by Fuji Media Holdings
PublisherTakamitsu Kumasaka
FoundedMarch 1, 1882 (as Jiji News); June 20, 1933 (as Nihon Kogyo Shimbun)
Political alignment Conservative [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Right-wing [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Pro-LDP and Restoration
Language Japanese
Headquarters Tokyo
Circulation Morning edition: 2,191,587
Evening edition: [11] 635,988
(ABC Japan, October 2005)
Website 産経ニュース(sankei news): News Site
産経新聞社: Corporate Site

Sankei Shimbun (産経新聞, Sankei Shinbun, short for Sangyō Keizai Shinbun (産業経済新聞) lit. "Industrial and Economic News") is a daily newspaper in Japan published by the Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.  [ ja ] It has the sixth highest circulation for newspapers in Japan. It is a metropolitan newspaper along with the Chunichi Shimbun , and was once one of the national newspapers along with the Yomiuri Shimbun , Asahi Shimbun , Mainichi Shimbun , and the Nikkei .


As of October 2020, it announced it would cease print publication outside Tokyo and the Kansai region. [12]

Corporate profile

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Tokyo Sankei Building
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Namba Sankei Building

The Sankei Shimbun is part of the Fujisankei Communications Group and is 40% owned by Fuji Media Holdings. The company is also the owner of Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (OBC, Radio Osaka).


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The Sankei Shimbun was created by the merger of two older newspapers: Jiji News and Nihon Kogyō Shimbun. Jiji News was founded in 1882 by author, translator, and journalist Fukuzawa Yukichi, who also founded Keio University. Nihon Kogyō Shimbun, founded in 1933 by Hisakichi Maeda, specialized in business and was published by the Minami-OSAKA Shimbun (the South Osaka Evening newspaper). In 1941 Osaka Shimbun (renamed from Minami-Osaka Shimbun) merged with Osaka Jiji shimpō (Jiji-shimpō Osaka edition). The following year, Nihon Kogyō Shimbun merged with other business newspapers in Western Japan, and changed its name to the Sangyō Keizai Shimbun (or the Sankei). In 1955 the Sankei merged with Jiji shimpō. In 1959, the Sankei and Jiji shimpō were placed under the Sankei Shimbun masthead.

In 1958, the Sankei was acquired by Shigeo Mizuno and Nobutaka Shikanai. After financial difficulties, it changed direction from being liberal to being conservative (Tenkō).

In 1959, Mizuno and Shikanai founded Fuji Television [14]

The Sankei Shimbun started two online newspapers in 1996: Sankei Web, in website style, and E-NEWS, in personal digital assistant style. In 2001, the Sankei Shimbun started a new electronic newspaper delivery edition, NEWSVUE. In 2002 the Sankei Shimbun merged with Osaka Shimbun. Both editions were placed under the Sankei Shimbun masthead. In 2005 the Sankei Shimbun added video to its digital edition, suitable for smartphone, and renamed it as Sankei NetView. In 2007, the Sankei Shimbun started a new online newspaper, MSN Sankei News, in collaboration with Microsoft. In 2014 the Sankei Shimbun rebranded its online news as Sankei News.


Political stance

The Sankei Shimbun is a nationalist [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] and conservative [1] [2] [3] [4] newspaper. Some media outlets have called the Sankei Shimbun a far-right newspaper. [20] [21]

Sankei Award, Sankei Prize



Sankei Group affiliate companies

Notable corporate alumni


In August 2014, South Korea filed suit against Sankei for insults against Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea, and demanded Tatsuya Kato, head of the Seoul Bureau, present himself for questioning. [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] The article was about several rumors about Park during the Sinking of the MV Sewol, referring to Korean news reports. Sankei referred to Chosun Ilbo ; however, only Sankei was charged with defamation. Sankei was considered an anti-Korean newspaper in Korea. [28] Thus, Japanese media assumed the suit was a warning to Sankei. [29] [30] Kato, who was eventually acquitted of defamation charges in December 2015, was under prosecution without detention for a year and two months. [31] The South Korean court said press freedoms were taken into consideration in arriving at Kato's acquittal.

In December 2014, the newspaper apologized after running Richard Koshimizu's ad promoting anti-Semitic books. [32] [33]

On February 11, 2015, regular columnist Ayako Sono wrote an opinion piece suggesting that while it will be necessary for Japan to accept more immigrants in order to bolster a decreasing workforce, Japan should take steps to ensure the separation of immigrants in regards to living conditions, citing South African apartheid as an example of how to achieve this goal. [34] [35] [36]

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