Print Media in Japan

The Resilience and Diversity of Japans Print Media Industry: A Cultural and Societal Influence

Print Media in Japan

Explore the resilience and diversity of Japans print media industry and its cultural and societal influence. Despite the digital era, traditional print media thrives and continues to shape the countrys culture. Discover major national newspapers like The Yomiuri Shimbun and The Asahi Shimbun, and the wide range of topics they cover, from politics and economy to entertainment and sports. Dont miss out on the vibrant regional news provided by local newspapers as well.

Japan has a rich and vibrant print media industry that has played a significant role in shaping the countrys culture and society. Despite the rise of digital media, print media continues to thrive in Japan, catering to a diverse range of interests and preferences.


Japanese newspapers hold a prominent position in the print media landscape. Major national newspapers like The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, and The Mainichi Shimbun have a large readership. These newspapers cover a wide range of topics, including politics, economy, entertainment, and sports. Local newspapers also provide news at a regional level.

Yomiuri : conservative, 6,630,000

Seikyo : Soka Gakkai Buddhist religious media, 5,500,000 (Nominal)

Asahi : center-left, 3,970,000

Chunichi Shimbun/Tokyo Shinbun : left, 2,260,000

Mainichi : center-left,[5] social liberal, 1,850,000

Nikkei (Jp: Nihon Keizai) : economy, conservative, 1,680,000

Nikkan Gendai : left (tabloid), 1,680,000 (Nominal)

Nikkan Sports: 1,660,000 (Nominal)

Tokyo Sports : sports, 1,390,000 (Nominal)

Houchi Shinbun : sports, 1,350,000


Magazines are another popular form of print media in Japan. There is a vast array of magazines available, catering to different interests and demographics. Fashion, manga and anime, food, technology, and lifestyle are just a few of the areas covered by these magazines. Many magazines also feature eye-catching designs and high-quality photography.

Bunshu: 480k

Gendai: 360k

Post: 296k

Shincho: 296k

Friday: 161k

Playboy: 149k

Taishu: 146k

Asahi Geino: 113k

Flash: 104k 

(copy sold from 2023 Jan-Mar/ Japan Magazine Association)


Manga, the Japanese style of comics and graphic novels, holds a special place in Japanese print media. Manga is widely read by people of all ages and covers a diverse range of genres. Weekly and monthly manga magazines, such as Shonen Jump and Shoujo Beat, are eagerly anticipated by fans, featuring popular series and new releases.

One Piece: 500million copies sold since 1st episode 

Golgo 13: 300million

Conan: 270million

Dragon Ball: 260million

Naruto: 250millioon

SlamDunk: 170million


Japanese literature has a rich history, and books play a significant role in the countrys print media industry. From classic literature to contemporary works, Japanese books encompass a wide range of genres and styles. Bookstores are plentiful across Japan, and avid readers can find an extensive selection of both Japanese and international titles.


Print media holds a prominent position in Japan, offering a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, manga, and books. Despite the digital revolution, print media continues to captivate readers across the country. Whether its staying informed through newspapers, exploring hobbies with magazines, diving into captivating manga stories, or immersing in the world of books, Japans print media industry offers something for everyone.

Relevant, Concise Title: The Thriving Print Media Culture in Japan


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