The Japan News: 60th Anniversary: April Renovation

The Japan News, the English-language daily newspaper published by The Yomiuri Shimbun, will commemorate its 60th anniversary on April 1. To mark this occasion, the pages and content of The Japan News will be improved to bring you an even better reading experience. We will carry more in-depth and insightful commentary and analysis articles, start new Japanese cuisine and tourism sections, and launch kabuki and sumo columns written by reporters specializing in these fields.

1. Delicious

Japanese washoku cuisine has become popular abroad in recent years. In our Tuesday edition, we will start a new page called “Delicious” that introduces simple recipes, extensive background information about washoku and popular restaurants. By uncovering the history of Japanese cuisine, unknown anecdotes and the passion chefs pour into their dishes, we will make cooking meals at home and dining out fun. You might even be inspired to pass on the charm of this food to people from overseas.

2. Detours in Japan

In our Sunday edition, the new “Detours in Japan” page will explore the myriad of aspects of Japan that appeal to visitors, from side streets in historic towns to the latest tourist spots. We will keep you up-to-date on festivals held across Japan. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics on the horizon, this page will certainly have something for anyone planning to give foreign visitors a taste of genuine Japanese hospitality.

3. Clip marks

An even more appealing design will make it easier to grasp the news. Just like The Yomiuri Shimbun, a clip mark will highlight important phrases or key events that are explained in more detail. Bold layouts and new pull quotes will bring readers closer to the stories. A colorful box at the top of the front page will also showcase the recommended stories within the paper.

4. Behind the Scenes

We will start a new column called “Behind the Scenes” that explores the inner workings of the formation of Japanese government policy decisions and various incidents that occur in Japan and overseas. This will help readers understand more deeply the details of current events and what is happening around the world. Our popular Editorial Page, featuring the original Japanese version from The Yomiuri Shimbun alongside its English translation, will be permanently moved to Page 4. On the facing page will be the Opinion & Analysis page, which starts providing commentary articles from The Yomiuri Shimbun, articles by researchers at the Yomiuri Research Institute and material issued by publisher Chuokoron-Shinsha Inc. in addition to analysis articles distributed by overseas media outlets. We will transmit comments from Japan intensively and widely.

‘JN Learning Lab’ to move to Fridays

Our “JN Learning Lab” section — featuring a selection of news from the past week, the English translation of the Henshu Techo column, translation contests and other materials for English language learners — is moving from Thursdays to Fridays. The handy four-page pullout format allows readers to take the entire section with them to spend the weekend learning at their leisure.

“Neko Pitcher,” a popular comic carried in The Yomiuri Shimbun, appears in the Saturday edition.

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The Japan News offers free, one-week trial subscriptions. This is the perfect way to become familiar with an English-language newspaper that provides a source of information and is a tool for learning English.

The Japan News is repeating an offer that gives subscribers digital access to The Washington Post, one of the premier U.S. daily newspapers. As an added bonus for subscribing to The Japan News, readers can get free, unlimited digital access to Washington Post articles and photos, which can be viewed on a personal computer, tablet or smartphone. (The end date of this special promotion will be announced in The Japan News.)

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