About Nippon.com

About This Site

Nippon.com is produced by the Nippon Communications Foundation with support from the Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Communications Foundation promotes understanding of Japan through web-based publishing and other activities, with the goal of conveying information on Japanese politics, economics, society, and culture to a broad spectrum of readers.

We publish Nippon.com in seven languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (both simplified and traditional characters), French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian—all six official languages of the United Nations plus Japanese. In this way we are working to create an Internet channel that can reach more than 6 billion readers worldwide.

The project is driven by the same spirit that inspired the journal Japan Echo, which we published for more than 36 years as Japan Echo Inc., our previous incarnation, to introduce informed Japanese opinion to the world. Through Nippon.com we aim to provide similar content to readers seeking insightful views on the nation’s politics, economy, and society, as well as lighter looks at culture, food, and art that will appeal to a broad audience worldwide and paint a fuller picture of Japan.

A portion of the content is decided by our editorial board, consisting of prominent intellectuals and journalists. The board meets each month to discuss and decide the website’s editorial policy, content to be presented, and writers to showcase. The foundation’s editorial staff assists the editorial board in these tasks.

Editorial Board

Senior editor Shiraishi Takashi, president, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Editor in chief Kawashima Shin, professor, University of Tokyo
Editorial Committee Genda Yūji, professor, University of Tokyo
  Hayashi Kaori, professor, University of Tokyo
  Hosoya Yuichi, professor, Keiō University
  Kawabe Kentarō, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Yahoo Japan
  Masuzawa Sadamasa (Rick Masuzawa), executive officer, Kamakura Shinsho
  Miya Kazuho, professor, Kyoto Seika University; former editor in chief of Chūō Kōron
  Takenaka Harukata, professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  Tsuchiya Hideo, former deputy chief editorial writer, Nikkei


Publisher: Harano Jōji (former deputy managing director, Jiji Press)
Editorial Department chief: Mamiya Jun (former editor in chief, Chūō Kōron)

Translation Policy

Most of our content is originally produced in Japanese and translated into the other languages. (A portion of the content in other languages is translated from English as an intermediary step.) While we try to share as much as possible with all of our readers, unfortunately we cannot produce translations of everything in all languages. You can use the links at the top of each piece to jump to the versions available in other tongues.

Our translated articles are faithful to the information and intent of the original texts, but they are not exact, one-for-one translations. We give our translators and editors a flexible hand in adding information that would benefit readers outside Japan and in removing or shortening passages that may not be so helpful to a non-Japanese audience. 

Japanese names and terms are written according to a slightly modified Hepburn romanization scheme; we use macrons to indicate long vowels, with the exception of certain globally known geographic and corporate names. Japanese personal names are given in their original order, surname first, and follow the same Hepburn system unless the individual named prefers a different spelling.

If you are interested in working with us on Nippon.com, please see our hiring page, where we post in-house job offers and information on freelance work.

From the Publisher

In an increasingly integrated world shaped by the forces of globalization, it goes without saying that Japan’s future will be one of close symbiosis with the rest of humanity. At the same time, though, the current state of the international community shows clearly that the deepening of mutual dependencies in the political and economic spheres can lead to surprising levels of instability. The waves of economic globalization that have swept over us since the 1980s have been accompanied by numerous conflicts between states and the rise of economic regionalism all around the world.

In recent years Japan has been confronted by fresh problems. The March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have combined to present the nation with its greatest challenge since World War II. Their impact will be felt in the way Japan shapes itself and its future.

Harano JōjiThis was the backdrop for our launch of Nippon.com in the autumn of 2011, with the goal of providing true-to-life views of Japan to viewers all around the world. From our nongovernmental perspective, we seek to share the universal aspects of Japan’s own culture and to make our contribution by increasing global understanding of the country and the Japanese people.

Now that Tokyo has won the right to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, the coming years will see still more importance placed on Japanese efforts to reach out to the world’s people in their own languages. We hope our site will contribute to exchange among and mutual understanding of the world’s diverse cultures. 

We produce nearly all the content on this site ourselves; there are few translations of already published material. One aim of this approach is to free the site from the preconceptions common to established media and present frank, historically aware explorations of the issues of our times. We view it as our mission to cast a fresh eye on today’s Japan, to think flexibly about the questions this investigation provokes, and above all to maintain an independent stance.

The Japanese have long placed great importance on the concept of en—deep, even karmic, ties between human beings. Today these en stretch out from the Japanese people and crisscross the entire globe, in the end returning back home to their own islands. We are in a mutually connected world where all of us depend on one another. As we produce Nippon.com, we will keep these ties of interdependence—the links between Japan and its partner nations around the world—firmly in mind.

On behalf of the Nippon Communications Foundation, I thank you for visiting Nippon.com

Harano Jōji
Representative Director, Nippon Communications Foundation


Contact Information

You can get in touch via the form on our contact page or as follows:

Nippon Press Center Bldg. 2F
2-2-1 Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-0011 JAPAN
Tel.: +81-3-5510-5401
Fax: +81-3-3519-3519
Email: ncf@nippon.com

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