The Nikkei

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
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
790,7000 Electronic version[4]
Nikkei headquarters on the left in Ōtemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The Nikkei, also known as 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 1.73 million copies. The Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950.[5]

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


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]


According to Shusuke Murai and Reiji Yoshida from The Japan Times, critics say the Nikkei is “depending too much on leaks — apparently provided by corporate insiders — and the paper is often seen as reluctant to bluntly criticize Japanese firms.”[7] The New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi said the Nikkei's purchase of the FT “Worrying", further stating that "[The] Nikkei is basically a PR machine for Japanese biz; it initially ignored the 2011 Olympus accounting scandal (which FT broke). Nikkei has also hardly covered the Takata airbag defect; almost no investigative work on that issue whatsoever. Nikkei is Japan Inc.”[8]

Newspapers including Nihon Keizai Shimbun are displayed at station shops.

Hong Kong[edit]

On August 10, 2020, three Hong Kong Police Force officers visited the Hong Kong branch of The Nikkei with a court order. The reason being investigations over an advert placed in The Nikkei a year prior calling for international support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.[9]

See also[edit]


  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 In March 2022
  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 Inc. Announces it will buy venerable Financial Times in ¥160 billion deal". 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Newsonomics: Eight questions (And answers) about Nikkei's surprise purchase of the FT".
  9. ^ "Hong Kong police sift the past to pursue new security law crimes". France 24. 2020-08-28. Retrieved 2021-09-04.

External links[edit]