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Current News About Japan: 10 Best Sites For Japanese News in English

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Current News About Japan: 10 Best Sites For Japanese News in English


From Japan’s top broadcasters, this list covers all you need for the most reputable and up to date news about Japan. Most of these sites are the English translations of the most established Japanese newspapers such as The Asahi Shimbun, The Daily Yomiuri, NHK World and loads more.


Top 10 Sites For News About Japan

Asahi Shimbun - English News About Japan

The Asahi Shimbun is a great place for news – one of my favourite places for daily updates – the recently redesigned site has multiple daily updates across a range of news topics. I like to follow the “Cool Japan” section.



News About Japan

The Daily Yomiuri, although a tired looking site, is the English version of Yomiuri Online which has some of the most breaking and?in-depth news about Japan.



The Japan Times Online

The Japan Times Online is amongst the best. It’s an all-round news site with a treasure of articles about entertainment, sports, business and national news. For someone living in Japan, it also has a really handy “life in Japan” section.



The Mainichi - Daily News About Japan

The Mainichi is good for bite-size news, as the updates are but snippets of the more detailed Japanese articles.



Japan Meteorological Agency - Official Japan Weather

The national weather authority of the Japanese government, the Japan Meteorological Agency is the only place you need for reliable weather, climate and earthquake information. I recommend it to anyone when we talk news and weather info.



Japan Today

Japan Today is another top notch site for news about Japan. The “tech” and “crime” sections are always a good read.



Kyodo News

Kyodo News, being the leading news agency in Japan, is probably the most comprehensive source of news about Japan in this list.



Japan Real Time Wall Street Journal News Blog About Japan

Japan Real Time from The Wall Street Journal is a blog style news site, with lots of good posts. They also publish a lot of Kyodo News articles – some, but not all.



News On Japan

News On Japan writes a few of their own articles, but mostly publishes syndicated news content. The thing is, they collect news about Japan from a wide range of sources, so this site can make for a bit of different reading.



NHK World

NHK World was born as NHK radio, which started in 1935 with English and Japanese broadcasts. It’s now includes:

  • NHK World TV, an English-language TV station available in over 130 countries. It shows news about Japan and other specialty programming about Japan.
  • NHK World Premium is a Japanese-language TV service available in some countries.
  • NHK World Radio Japan now broadcasts in 18 languages and is heard all around the world.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/index.html – Grab the news podcast or listen online.

Watch an online stream of NHK World at jibtv.com – http://www.jibtv.com/onair/oa_about.html?n=0. Check the schedule for NHK Newsline.


Deano「ヂィノ」 Wormald

Your man in Japan, online since 2009. I used to live in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and travel to Japan at least once a year for three weeks.


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  1. Japan Australia June 16, 2012

    Some great sites there and visit a lot of them but recently the one I keep coming back to is Japan Today.

  2. zoomingjapan June 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing!
    I don’t read all of them, mostly Japan Today and The Japan Times 🙂

    1. JTM June 25, 2012

      No worries! I mainly read Asahi Shimbun.

  3. Monika June 20, 2012

    I’m glad that these sites are english translations because I don’t speak japanese 🙂

    1. JTM June 25, 2012

      Me too! Most of these sites are direct translations of their Japanese sites.

  4. Anthony December 3, 2012

    I would also like to add JIBTV.com to this list. Some of the programs are fantastic (including the news, especially when they put up the sumo highlights)
    I recommend Tokyo Eye (Tuesdays) Journey’s in Japan (Mondays) and Begin Japanology (Thursday I think). Check out clips on YouTube as well.

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