The Nikkei

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The Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Nikkei logo ja.svg
First issue ‘Chugai Bukka Shimpo’, 1876.
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBlanket (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)[1]
Owner(s)Nikkei, Inc.
PublisherTsuneo Kita
Founded2 December 1876; 145 years ago (1876-12-02) (as The Nihon Keizai Shimbun)
Political alignmentCentre-right[2]
LanguageJapanese and English
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Circulation2,946,594 Morning
1,558,594 Evening[4]
Nikkei headquarters on the left in Ōtemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The Nikkei, formally The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞, lit. "Japan Economics Newspaper"), is the flagship publication of Nikkei, Inc. (based in Tokyo) and the world's largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding three million. The Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950.[5]

The roots of the Nikei Yomiuri's career started with an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Company in 1876 when it started publication of Chugai Bukka Shimpo (literally Domestic and Foreign Commodity Price Newspaper), a weekly market-quotation bulletin. The department was spun out as the Shokyosha in 1882. The paper became daily (except Sunday) in 1885 and was renamed Chugai Shōgyō Shimpo in 1889. It was merged with Nikkan Kōgyō and Keizai Jiji and renamed Nihon Sangyō Keizai Shimbun in 1942. The paper changed its name to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 1946.[6]

As of 30 November 2015 Nikkei became the official owner of the Financial Times, having bought the newspaper from Pearson PLC.[7]

It is one of the four national newspapers in Japan; the other three are the Asahi Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun.


Newspapers including Nihon Keizai Shimbun are displayed at station shops
Nikkei offices in Osaka

Nikkei Inc. specializes in publishing financial, business and industry news. Its main news publications include:

  • Financial Times, the London-headquartered daily newspaper.
  • Nikkei Asia, the company's flagship English-language business and politics journal that launched in November 2013.[8][9] It was previously known as the Nikkei Asian Review. [10]
  • Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞), a leading economic newspaper.
  • Nikkei Veritas (日経ヴェリタス), a weekly financial newspaper that replaced Nikkei Kinyu Shimbun (Nikkei Financial Daily) in March 2008.
  • Nikkei Business Daily (日経産業新聞, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun), an industry newspaper
  • Nikkei Marketing Journal (日経MJ, Nikkei MJ), a commerce newspaper
  • Nikkei Weekly (日経ウィークリー), an English-language business newspaper

Nikkei sells these newspapers around the world, in their original languages and in translation. It also makes many of its Japanese articles available in English through wire services, an English language website, and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.

In Japan the price of the newspaper Morning edition is 160 yen. The Afternoon edition is 70 yen and subscription is 4,509 yen/month (Morning and afternoon edition).

Nikkei agreed on 23 July 2015 to buy the UK-based FT Group, which includes business daily Financial Times, for the equivalent of $1.32 billion from Pearson PLC.[11][12]

On 30 November 2015, Nikkei completed acquisition of Financial Times from Pearson plc.[13]

Nikkei also owns TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC, which provides coverage of the Japanese market during trading hours and rebroadcasts CNBC during off-hours and weekends.

Nikkei Group affiliate companies[edit]

Major companies:

Hong Kong[edit]

On August 10, 2020 three Hong Kong police officers visited the Hong Kong branch of The Nikkei, armed with a court order. The reason being investigations over an advert placed in The Nikkei a year ago calling for international support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.[14]

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  1. ^ 日本経済新聞社グループの新聞印刷 ブランケット判
  2. ^ a b Myles Carroll, ed. (2021). The Making of Modern Japan: Power, Crisis, and the Promise of Transformation. BRILL. p. 213. ISBN 9789004466531. ... Finally, within the mass media, the centre- right Nihon Keizai Shimbun broadly speaks on behalf of a neoliberal vision for Japan and would be an effective mouthpiece for a neoliberal coalition, given its reputation ...
  3. ^ Debra L. Merskin, ed. (2019). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781483375540. ... Sankei, Yomiuri, and The Nikkei are considered conservative, while Mainichi and Asahi are moderate and liberal, respectively. ...
  4. ^ ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) Japan, average for July–December 2012
  5. ^ Landers, Peter (July 23, 2015). "5 Things to Know About Nikkei". 5 Things (blog). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "History : COMPANY". Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times". Nikkei.
  8. ^ "Full ver. "SEE WHAT OTHERS DON'T" Nikkei Asian Review PV". Nikkei Asian Review. YouTube. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  9. ^ Greenslade, Roy (2013-11-21). "Nikkei launches new Asian magazine". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  10. ^ "Nikkei to rename flagship English publication 'Nikkei Asia'". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  11. ^ Mance, Henry; Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan (23 July 2015). "Nikkei to buy FT Group for £844m from Pearson". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 2 September 2015. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Mance, Henry; Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan (23 July 2015). "Nikkei to buy FT Group for £844m from Pearson". CNBC. Financial Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times". Nikkei.
  14. ^ "Hong Kong police sift the past to pursue new security law crimes". France 24. 2020-08-28. Retrieved 2021-09-04.

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