Metropolis (free magazine)

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CategoriesNews magazine
Circulation30,000[1] (2006, unverified)
First issueFebruary 1994
CompanyJapan Partnership Inc.
Based inTokyo

Metropolis is a 32-to-48-page free monthly city guide, news and classified ads glossy magazine published by Japan Partnership KK targeting English-speaking foreigners in Tokyo, Japan.[1] As of April 2011, its circulation was claimed to be 30,000.[2]


The magazine was first published in 1994 as the Tokyo Classified. Early editions, in the broadsheet style, consisted of classified advertisements sourced from shop notice boards.[3] Initially distributed with the Daily Yomiuri, the publisher created an independent distribution network after the newspaper censored advertisements it found objectionable. The magazine is distributed to companies, embassies, hotels, bars, and restaurants.[4] The magazine was originally owned and operated by Mark and Mary Devlin, renamed Metropolis in 2001, and sold to Japan Inc. Holdings in 2007.[2] The Devlins have documented this sale in "How Terrie Lloyd stole Metropolis".[5]

Since 1999 the magazine hosted an annual Halloween party "Glitterball" at Roppongi's Velfarre club, and now that Velfarre is defunct, at other notable clubs around Tokyo. Between 2003 and 2010, Metropolis donated some of the profits each year to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Japan and the YMCA.[6]

Metropolis is owned by Japan Partnership KK (JPI).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Report for Publisher of Free Paper: Metropolis". Metropolis. 2006. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  2. ^ a b Simone, Gianni, "English mags approach milestone, crossroads", The Japan Times, 26 April 2011, p. 12.
  3. ^ Billy Adams (11 December 2002). "Big in Japan". Business A.M. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2007.
  4. ^ Jonathon Walsh (7 September 2004). "Life in the Metropolis: Mark Devlin, CEO & Publisher, Crisscross K.K." Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  5. ^ January 2014 "It is provided in the public interest"
  6. ^ Karen Foster. "A Good Cause". The Japan Times. Retrieved 23 February 2008.

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