Seikyo Shimbun

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The Seikyo Shimbun headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

The Seikyo Shimbun (聖教新聞 Seikyō Shimbun, literally "the newspaper of spiritual teachings"?) is Japan's third largest daily newspaper.[1]


The Seikyo Shimbun was first published on April 20, 1951.[2] As of 2016, it has a circulation of 5.5 million copies, making it Japan's third largest daily newspaper.[3]

The publication is owned and operated by the Japanese Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai, and often features news articles about the activities of the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Daisaku Ikeda, and essays written by him, as well as news and experiences by Soka Gakkai members in Japan and abroad. The newspaper also features general news reports of domestic and international topics, and occasional articles related to Sōka University and Soka University of America.

The Seikyo Shimbun is delivered throughout Japan by volunteer deliverers.[4]


  • 1951 April 20 - First issue of the Seikyo Shimbun is published. The paper has a two-page format and is published every 10 days with a circulation of 5,000.[5]
  • 1953 September 6 - Becomes a weekly paper with a two-page format.
  • 1955 June 1 - Distribution network is organized.
  • 1957 August 2 - Adopts an eight-page format.
  • 1959 January 1 - Publication of the Seikyo Graphic (the present-day Graphic SGI) begins.
  • 1960 September 3 - Frequency of publication is increased to twice weekly.
  • 1962 January 1 - Frequency of the publication is increased to three times per week.
  • 1965 January 1 - Serialization of Daisaku Ikeda's novel The Human Revolution begins.
  • 1965 July 15 - The Seikyo Shimbun becomes a daily paper.[5]
  • 1970 September 28 - New seven-story headquarters building with three basement floors completed near Shinanomachi Station.
  • 1971 January 4 - Adopts a 12-page format (which remains the same as of 2016). Seikyo Scholarship Program established. Seikyo Public Culture Seminar series inaugurated.
  • 1982 May 25 - Seikyo Culture Award established.
  • 1983 January 1 - The Soka Shimpo newspaper of the Soka Gakkai youth division begins publication.
  • 1988 January 18 - Computerized typesetting system (CTS) starts operation.
  • 1989 September 4 - All pages of the Seikyo Shimbun, including local sections, are produced using CTS.
  • 1990 July 19 - 10,000th issue published.
  • 1993 May 1 - Graphic SGI begins publication.
  • 1993 November 18 - Serialization of Daisaku Ikeda's novel The New Human Revolution begins.
  • 2001 January 24 - 50th anniversary of the Seikyo Shimbun is celebrated in Tokyo.
  • 2006 November 18 - Official website of the Seikyo Shimbun, Seikyo Online is launched.
  • 2008 July 15 - The cover page becomes printed in color.
  • 2014 May 8 - Full renewal of the font and layout: Text direction of the moniker Seikyo Shimbun becomes horizontal rather than vertical, the title logos of "Suntetsu" and "Myoji no Gen" are redesigned, and the daily message by Daisaku Ikeda "Waga Tomo ni Okuru (To My Dear Friends)" is moved to the left side of the moniker Seikyo Shimbun. [5]


  1. ^ Pamela J. Creedon (2007). Women in Mass Communication. Sage Publications. ISBN 1-4129-3695-0. 
  2. ^ "60th anniversary of Seikyo Shimbun". Soka Gakkai International. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Soka Gakkai keeps religious, political machine humming". The Japan Times. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "60th Anniversary of Seikyo Shimbun Newspaper". Soka Gakkai International. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c [1]

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