Miyako Shinbun

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Miyako Shinbun
Type Daily newspaper
Founded 1884
Language Japanese

Miyako Shinbun (都新聞) was the first Japanese daily newspaper to be published in an evening edition.[1] It was established in Nagoya.


When the newspaper was founded in 1884, its name was Konnichi Shinbun (今日新聞). The name was changed to Miyako Shinbun in 1888.[2]

In the first decade of the 20th century, the circulation of Miyako Shinbun was among the top seven in Japan.[3]

In the 1930s, Mainichi Shimbun was in direct competitor with Miyako Shinbun.[4] The publication was also recognized in the foreign press.[5]

It merged with the Kokumin Shinbun in 1942 to form the Tokyo Shimbun.[1]

Literary serials[edit]

The journal published a number of literary serials. In the 1890s, the newspaper had established a reputation for carrying translated or adapted versions of Western novels; but the advent of the First Sino-Japanese War became, in part, a cause for a shift in emphasis to featuring the work of Japanese writers.[6]

One of these was Daibosatsu Toge by Nakazato Kaizan.[1] The work was presented to the public in 41 volumes; and it contains 1533 chapters. This historical novel was the longest in the Japanese language until Tokugawa Ieyasu. 5.7 million Japanese characters.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). "Miyako Shimbun" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 649., p. 649, at Google Books
  2. ^ Nishizawa, Iwata. (1917). Japan in the Taisho era, p. 313.
  3. ^ Takeuchi, Keiichi. Modern Japanese Geography: an Intellectual History, p. 114.
  4. ^ Barlow, Tani E. (1997). Formations of colonial modernity in East Asia, p. 292 n30., p. 292, at Google Books
  5. ^ "The Press: For the Flashing News," Time (New York). August 7, 1939.
  6. ^ Miller, John Scott. (2001). Adaptations of Western literature in Meiji Japan, pp. 116-117., p. 116, at Google Books
  7. ^ Amazon.co.jp: ザ・大菩薩峠―『大菩薩峠』全編全一冊: 中里 介山. 本


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