Chunichi Shimbun

The Chunichi Shimbun (中日新聞, Chūnichi Shinbun) is a Japanese daily "broadsheet" newspaper published in mostly Aichi Prefecture and neighboring regions by Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd[1]. Based in Nagoya, one of Japanese three major metropolitan areas, it boasts the third circulation after the group newspaper Total Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun. Even the Chunichi Shimbun alone exceeds the number of copies of the Sankei Shimbun. The newspaper is dominant in its region, with a market penetration approaching 60 percent of the population of Aichi Prefecture. The Chunichi Shimbun group also publishes the Tokyo Shimbun, the Chunichi Sports, and the Tokyo Chunichi Sports newspapers. The group's combined circulation is more than 4 million, meaning it ranks fourth in Japan behind the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Asahi Shimbun, and the Mainichi Shimbun.

The Chunichi Shimbun
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBlanket (54.6 cm x 40.65 cm)
Owner(s)Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd.
PublisherTorao Ohshima
FoundedMarch 1886
CirculationMorning edition: 2,763,602
Evening edition: 676,972
(Japan ABC, average for January–June 2005)
Headquarters of Chunichi Shimbun in Nagoya.

It is the owner of the Chunichi Dragons baseball team, and is also known as the main organizer of a famous international gymnastics event, the Chunichi Cup.

The newspaper has traditionally been seen as centrist, but following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it has more recently become known for its investigative reporting and opposition to the positions of Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party (Japan), led by the investigative work of the Tokyo Shimbun.[2]


The newspaper was formerly known as Nagoya Shimbun.[3] From 1936–1940 it owned the Japanese Baseball League team Nagoya Kinko.[3] The paper acquired the Chubu Nihon (now Chunichi Dragons) in 1946.[4]

Foreign Correspondence NetworkEdit

The group has thirteen foreign bureaus. They are in New York City, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Manila, and Bangkok.

Group CompaniesEdit

Mass mediaEdit

The following broadcasting stations are jointly funded by other major newspapers.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 株式会社中日新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Chūnichi Shinbunsha
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Nagoya Kinko", Accessed Mar. 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Chubu Nihon," Accessed March 8, 2015.

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