Tokyo Weekender

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Tokyo Weekender magazine is the oldest free English publication in Japan.

Founded in 1970 by Corky Alexander and Susan Scully, the Weekender is published bi-monthly and is distributed in central Tokyo and via Fuji San, Japan's largest magazine subscription site.

Early years[edit]

Tokyo Weekender was co-founded by Korean War veteran Millard "Corky" Alexander and Susan Scully, previously co-workers at Pacific Stars and Stripes. It was the first free regular English publication in Japan. After Corky died, the publication was taken over by his daughter and son-in-law before being relaunched by Caroline Pover. In 2008 Tokyo Weekender was purchased by Entrepreneur Ray Pedersen.

New Weekender[edit]

In 2008 Tokyo Weekender was bought by Bulbous Cell Media Group, a Tokyo-based media company. A new website and complete redesign was launched, and the magazine was changed from tabloid size newsprint to a glossy A4 magazine and increased page count and distribution.

Content[edit]

As well as regular contributors Weekender is a general interest magazine, featuring upcoming events, opinion, Japanese business news, interviews with notable expats, society, travel, product reviews, restaurant and bar reviews, community news and announcements and a section featuring reprints of vintage articles.

Columnists[edit]

  • The longest-running contributor to the magazine is Bill Hersey. His weekly column on parties has been published for over 30 years.
  • Other contributors have included Ian de Stains OBE, formerly of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Distribution[edit]

Tokyo Weekender is distributed to various embassies, hotels, restaurants and shops around central Tokyo and is also delivered to subscribers via Fuji San.

Trivia[edit]

  • Tokyo Weekender was featured on Japanese news channel NHK and NHK World when the publication celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010.

External links[edit]

Online version

Archives of original issues

Subscription