Number (magazine)

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Number is the leading Japanese sports magazine published on every Thursday by Bungeishunju.[1] The official name is Sports Graphic Number.[1] The magazine is based in Tokyo.[1]

The first issue, released in April 1980, drew attention by the piece Enatsu's 21 balls (江夏の21球?, Enatsu no 21 kyu). Yet the magazine failed to return a profit for the next 10 years. Today however, the magazine is one of the most profitable publications of Bungeishunju. The success of the magazine also led other rival publishers to launch sports magazines, though they tend to be less successful.


  1. ^ a b c Sine Agergaard; Nina Clara Tiesler (21 August 2014). Women, Soccer and Transnational Migration. Routledge. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-135-93938-0. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 

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