The Yomiuri Shimbun The Yomiuri Shimbun will launch a new online archive called Yomiuri Kiji-Kensaku (Yomiuri article search) at noon on Tuesday — enabling people to access more than 13 million articles dating back to the newspaper’s first issue in 1874.
The archive also includes articles from The Japan News (previously The Daily Yomiuri) dating back to 1989. This content will be useful for people seeking English-language information on Japan, as well as avid learners of English hoping to brush up their skills in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Using the service requires registration. There is a minimum monthly charge of ¥300 plus tax, with any other charges based on how much content is accessed.
What is Yomiuri Kiji-Kensaku?
The archive comprises every Yomiuri Shimbun article since 1874. It is divided into four sections:
■ Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras (1874 to 1989)
■ Heisei era (from 1986 onward — about 300,000 stories per year)
■ The Japan News, The Yomiuri Shimbun’s English-language daily (since 1989)
■ Contemporary Who’s Who (profiles of 26,000 noteworthy figures)
In the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras section, articles are displayed in a full-page format as they appeared in the printed newspaper. In the Heisei era section, articles are displayed in text format and as clippings (from 2008), showing how they appeared in the newspaper. Stories from The Japan News are available in text format. The Contemporary Who’s Who section provides biographical data on about 26,000 noteworthy domestic and international figures.
The Mai-Kiji (my article) feature allows users to save up to 3,000 articles in folders, where they can view them again for no extra charge.
The Mai-Kensaku (my search) feature allows users to register their favorite search parameters for the Heisei era and The Japan News sections. The headlines of articles from the past 10 days that correspond to the search parameters can be viewed for free.
Useful features in The Japan News section
The Japan News section offers a wide range of content in English that will help users get familiar with topical language and various aspects of Japan. The section has the following useful features:
• English-Japanese toggle
Stories since 2011 that were published in both Japanese and English feature a highly useful toggle, allowing users to switch between the two versions.
An icon saying Kono Kiji o Nihongo de Yomu (read this article in Japanese) on the right-hand side of relevant English headlines indicates there is an original Japanese version. Relevant Japanese articles have an icon next to the headline saying Kono Kiji o Eibun de Yomu (read this article in English).
These types of stories include editorials and popular columns such as Musings and Troubleshooter.
• Niche content
The Japan News section offers access to a wide range of original columns, including SUMO ABC, KABUKI ABC, Kanta on Manga and My Heroes. People interested in Japanese food can find tens of stories by simply entering the keyword “delicious” — bringing up content such as the “You too can cook washoku” column featuring Japanese recipes.
There is a minimum charge of ¥300 per month (plus tax). This fee goes toward the cost of any content accessed. Users can view the charges they have accrued at any time via the Ryokin Kakunin (billing details) button at the top of the page.
How to get started
Visit http://yomikiji.jp to register. You will be required to provide information including your credit card number. You can start using the service as soon as your card is verified. Please note that only Japan-based cards are accepted.
The latest version of Google Chrome is recommended. Internet Explorer users will need Acrobat Reader to display PDF files.
Please visit http://yomikiji.jp or call 03-3246-1200 (in Japanese, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays)Speech