14 Facts About Asahi Shimbun


In 1881, the Asahi Shimbun adopted an all-news format, and enlisted Ueno Riichi as co-owner.

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From 1882, Asahi Shimbun began to receive financial support from the Government and Mitsui, and hardened the management base.

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On 10 July 1888, the first issue of the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun was published from the Tokyo office at Motosukiyacho, Kyobashi.

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In 1918, because of its critical stance towards Terauchi Masatake's cabinet during the Rice Riots, government authorities suppressed an article in the Osaka Asahi Shimbun, leading to a softening of its liberal views, and the resignation of many of its staff reporters in protest.

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Influential editorial writers of Asahi Shimbun such as Shintaro Ryu, Hiroo Sassa, and Hotsumi Ozaki were the center members of the Showa Kenkyukai, which was a political think tank for Konoe.

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On 1 January 1943, the publication of the Asahi Shimbun was stopped by the government after the newspaper published a critical essay contributed by Seigo Nakano, who was one of the leading members of the Genyosha and Ogata's best friend.

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On 27 December 1943, Nagataka Murayama, a son-in-law of Murayama Ryohei and the President of Asahi Shimbun, removed Ogata from the Editor in Chief and relegated him to the Vice President to hold absolute power in Asahi Shimbun.

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On 22 July 1944, Ogata, Vice President of Asahi Shimbun, became a Minister without Portfolio and the President of Cabinet Intelligence Agency in Kuniaki Koiso's cabinet.

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On 7 April 1945, Hiroshi Shimomura, former Vice President of Asahi Shimbun, became the Minister without Portfolio and the President of Cabinet Intelligence Agency in Kantaro Suzuki's cabinet.

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On 30 November 1949, the Asahi Shimbun started to publish the serialized cartoon strip Sazae-san by Machiko Hasegawa.

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Between 1954 and 1971, Asahi Shimbun published a glossy, large-format annual in English entitled This is Japan.

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However, in general evaluation, the Asahi Shimbun seems to have a tone representing Japanese social-liberals .

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Reproductions of past issues of the Asahi Shimbun are available in three major forms; as CD-ROMs, as microfilm, and as shukusatsuban .

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Issues of the Asahi Shimbun printed since August 1984 are available through Lexis-Nexis Academic.

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