Information Bulletin No.49

Print Media Goes Electronic

October 30, 1995

The number of Japanese newspapers and news agencies supplying articles and other information on the Internet is on the rise. According to a survey by the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association, as of the end of August eight of its members were providing Internet services: four national dailies (Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Yomiuri), three regional newspapers (Hokkaido, Kobe, and Yamanashi Nichinichi), and one news agency (Kyodo).
Although the content of the service offered differs from one organization to the next, they all feature vivid colors in transmitting not only news articles but also audio-visual data. The four national dailies and Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun provide information to the Internet through their own World Wide Web servers.
The Asahi supplies key articles from the Asahi Shimbun and the English-language Asahi Evening News, news flashes it provides to computer networks, and press releases by Japanese and foreign companies. The Nikkei provides articles from its Saturday "Nikkei X" supplement aimed at young readers and plans to begin supplying more general information, including articles from the Nikkei Shimbun and descriptions of Nikkei group publications, from November.
The Mainichi supplies important articles from the Mainichi Shimbun and the English-language Mainichi Daily News as well as news flashes. The Yomiuri provides important articles and editorials from the Yomiuri Shimbun and the English-language Daily Yomiuri as well as summaries of articles carried in its monthly magazine This Is Yomiuri.
At the regional level, meanwhile, the Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun has teamed up with Yamanashi Broadcasting Company to provide local news, news photos, and information about local museums and events.
The other companies supply information through home pages set up on public servers. Kobe Shimbun provides a description, with photos of its activities since the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The paper continued to publish on a daily basis despite enormous damage to its facilities thanks partly to the cooperation it received from Kyoto Shimbun. It also introduces the letters it received from readers electronically, both on its newspaper pages and on the Internet.
Hokkaido Shimbun provides stories about history and the natural environment accompanied by photos and music. Since the middle of September it has also been supplying news flashes. Kyodo News Service,meanwhile, provides news photos.

(The above article, edited by Japan Echo Inc., is based on domestic Japanese news sources. It is offered for reference purposes and does not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.)