Sankei Shimbun

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The Sankei Shimbun
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)
Owner(s) Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Publisher Takamitsu Kumasaka
Founded June 20, 1933 (March 1, 1882)
Political alignment Centre-right
Language Japanese
Headquarters Tokyo&Osaka&Fukuoka
Circulation Morning edition: 2,191,587
Evening edition:[1] 635,988
(ABC Japan, October 2005)
Website 産経ニュース(sankei news): News Site,
産経新聞社: Corporate Site

Sankei Shimbun (産経新聞 Sankei Shinbun?), literally "Industrial and Economic Newspaper", is a daily newspaper in Japan published by the Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. (株式会社産業経済新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Sangyō Keizai Shinbunsha?).The Sankei is abbreviation name of Sangyō Keizai. It has the sixth highest circulation for a newspapers in Japan, and is considered one of the five leading "national" newspapers.[2]

Corporate profile[edit]

Tokyo Sankei Building
Namba Sankei Building

The Sankei Shimbun is part of the Fujisankei Communications Group and is 40% owned by Fuji Media Holdings. The company is also the owner of Osaka Broadcasting Corporation (OBC, Radio Osaka).


The history of the Sankei Shimbun began with the founding of two old newspapers.

The Jiji shimpō (時事新報?)(literally Jiji News) was founded first, in 1882, by Fukuzawa Yukichi (福澤 諭吉?, January 10, 1835 - February 3, 1901). Fukuzawa was a Japanese author, translator, journalist and a founder of Keio University

The Nihon Kogyō Shimbun日本工業新聞 (Nihon Kogyo Shimbun?)(literally Japan Industry Newspaper) was founded second, in 1933, by Hisakichi Maeda (前田 久吉?, April 22, 1893 - May 4, 1986) . It was specialized newspaper in industrial and business and economic affairs, and was published by The Minami-OSAKA Shimbun (Evening newspaper South OSAKA).

In 1941, The Osaka Shimbun (renamed from 'Minami-Osaka Shimbun') merged the Osaka Jiji shimpō(Jiji-shimpō Osaka edition).

In 1942, The Nihon Kogyō Shimbun merged the other newspapers in business and industrial affairs in Western Japan, and changed its name to the Sangyō Keizai Shimbun (San-kei).

In 1950, The Sankei started a female page (homenews) for the first time in the newspapers in Japan.

In 1952, The Sankei hired a female writer (editor) for the first time in the newspapers in Japan.

In 1955, The Sankei merged Jiji shimpō. In 1959, both editions were placed under a Sankei Shimbun masthead.

In 1996, The Sankei started two Online news (Online newspaper), 産経Web(産経ウェブ) (Sankei Web?)(literally Sankei Web( with website style, and ja:E-NEWS (E-NEWSイーニュース?)(literally E-NEWS) with Personal digital assistant style.

In 2001, The Sankei started new Electronic newspaper delivery edition (=Digital edition) NEWSVUE.

In 2002, The Sankei merged Osaka Shimbun, both editions were placed under a Sankei Shimbun masthead.

In 2005, The Sankei renewed Digital edition with movie, Suitable for smartphone, and renamed Sankei NetView.

In 2007, The Sankei started new Online news (Online newspaper), MSN産経ニュース (MSN Sankei news?)(literally MSN Sankei news collaborated with Microsoft (

In 2014, The Sankei renewed Online news as 産経ニュース (Sankei news?)(

In 2016, The Sankei renewed Digital edition, and renamed 産経電子版 (Sankei denshi ban?)(

  • above History References[3]


  • Sankei Shimbun (産経新聞 Sankei Shimbun?), a leading conservative opinion newspaper.
  • FujiSankei Business i (フジサンケイビジネスアイ FujiSankei Business i?), a industry & business & economy newspaper that renamed Nihon Kogyo Shimbun (Japan Industry Newspaper) in March 2004.
  • Sankei Sports (サンケイスポーツ, Sankei Sports?), a leading Japanese daily sports newspaper since 1955.
  • Yukan Fuji (夕刊フジ, Yukan Fuji?), a leading Japanese daily evening newspaper since 1969.
  • Keiba Eight (競馬エイト, Keiba Eight?), a leading horse racing newspaper since 1971.
  • Osaka Shimbun (大阪新聞?), a Kansai regional evening newspaper (Suspension of publication since 2002).
  • Sankei Express (サンケイエクスプレス(産経エクスプレス),SANKEI EXPRESS Sankei Express?), a targeted at young people newspaper founded in 2006.

Political stance[edit]

The Sankei Shimbun is Conservative and Centre-right politics newspaper. The Sankei will fight for press of freedom, Liberalism and Democracy.[4] The Sankei will support the Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) (LDP ; Japanese Republican Party) and Shinzō Abe (安倍 晋三 Abe Shinzō?), who is the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the LDP. He is one of the longest serving PMs in Japanese history.

Sankei Award, Sankei Prize[edit]



Sankei Group affiliate companies[edit]

Notable corporate alumni[edit]

in 1980


In August 2014, South Korea filed suit against Sankei for insults against Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea, and demanded Tatsuya Kato, head of the Seoul Bureau, present himself for questioning.[5][6][7][8][9] The article was about several rumors about Park during the Sinking of the MV Sewol, referencing Korean news reports. Sankei referred to Chosun Ilbo, however only Sankei was charged with defamation. Sankei was considered an anti-Korean newspaper in Korea.[10] Thus, Japanese media assumed the suit was a warning to Sankei.[11][12]

In December 2014, the newspaper apologized after running Richard Koshimizu's ad promoting anti-Semitic books.[13][14]

On February 11, 2015, regular columnist Ayako Sono wrote an opinion piece suggesting that while it will be necessary for Japan to accept more immigrants in order to bolster a decreasing workforce, Japan should take steps to ensure the separation of immigrants in regards to living conditions, citing South African apartheid as an example of how to achieve this goal.[15][16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evening edition is published only for Kansai region.
  2. ^ Pharr, Susan J.; Ellis S. Krauss (1996). Media and politics in Japan. University of Hawaii Press. p. 4. ISBN 0-8248-1761-3. 
  3. ^ "History : COMPANY". Retrieved 29 Jan 2017. 
  4. ^ "Editorship". Retrieved 29 Jan 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Sankei Shimbun's defamation of Korea goes too far". Dong-a Ilbo. South Korea. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  11. ^ "EDITORIAL: South Korea's suppression of press freedom undermines democracy". Asahi Shimbun. Japan. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
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