The Asahi Shimbun

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The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞, IPA: [asaçi ɕiꜜmbɯɴ], lit.'morning sun newspaper', English: Asahi News) is one of the five largest newspapers in Japan. Founded in 1879, it is also one of the oldest newspapers in Japan and Asia, and is considered a newspaper of record for Japan. Its circulation, which was 4.57 million for its morning edition and 1.33 million for its evening edition as of July 2021,[14] was second behind that of the Yomiuri Shimbun. By print circulation, it is the second largest newspaper in the world behind the Yomiuri, though its digital size trails that of many global newspapers including The New York Times.[15]

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The Asahi Shimbun
First issue on 25 January 1879
TypeDaily newspaper
Company type: Private
FormatBlanket (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)
Owner(s)Repurchased shares (25%)
Murayama family (21.02%; 10% through the KOSETSU Museum of Art)
Ueno family (total 14.22% by Shōichi Ueno's death in 2016)
TV Asahi (11.88%)
Toppan (7.31%)
Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdcorp (2.31%)
Founder(s)Murayama Ryōhei [ja]
Ueno Riichi [ja]
Founded25 January 1879
Political alignment
HeadquartersNakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • Decrease 4,574,906 (2021) Decrease5,160,355 (2020)[10]
  • Decrease 5,954,336 (2018)[11]
  • Decrease 6,572,195 (2016)[12]
  • 7,960,000 (2010)[13] (Japanese) (English)
Flag of the Asahi Shimbun Company
Nakanoshima Festival Tower East
Asahi Shimbun Osaka Head Office is on the 9th to the 12th floors.

Its publisher, The Asahi Shimbun Company,[16] is a media conglomerate with its registered headquarters in Osaka. It is a privately held family business with ownership and control remaining with the founding Murayama and Ueno families.

According to the Reuters Institute Digital Report 2018, public trust in the Asahi Shimbun is the lowest among Japan's major dailies, though confidence is declining in all the major newspapers.[17]

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the five largest newspapers in Japan along with the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Mainichi Shimbun, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Chunichi Shimbun.[18]