NHK News Web Easier

NHK News Web Easier provides content for people wishing to learn Japanese, in the form of text, voice and video.

NHK News Web is the online newspaper edited by NHK (日本放送協会), Japan’s public broadcasting company. News Web Easy is a version targeted at children with simpler words, kanji and sentence structures, and with furigana (振り仮名).

NHKEasier gathers content from News Web Easy … [ Read more ]


JAPUNDIT is a social bookmarking site that gives you an instant overview of the most popular English language articles about Japan and the other countries of East Asia. Basically, social bookmarking allows members to post links to articles or sites so others can view and evaluate them. In many ways, JAPUNDIT is similar to the popular site.

Acceptable submissions to JAPUNDIT include blog posts, mainstream … [ Read more ]

読売ニュースポッドキャスト (Yomiuri News Podcast)

The daily news in Japanese. It sounds pretty much like regular radio news, albeit with the added advantage that you can pause the show and look up unfamiliar words, or rewind and listen to difficult parts again. [Charles Kelly Annotation]


There’s not really an About Us section to go by for this site and I haven’t used it much, but a quick glance indicates it is both an online (and free I think) magazine for foreigners in (or interested in) Japan and also a general purpose website for reviews, resources, classifieds, etc.

Kansai Scene

Kansai Scene is a monthly bilingual free magazine (now in its sixth year) packed with articles, reviews, listings and classifieds for both the resident and visitor to Kansai.

Tokyo Journal

Kodomo News (こどもニュース)

NHK’s news site for Japanese children. It’s all in Japanese but being crafted for children may make it more useful than regular NHK news for intermediate students.


NIPPONIA is a quarterly magazine which
introduces modern Japan to people all over the world. It appears that the last issue was from 2005 but the site is still active and the archives are accessible.

The Daily Yomiuri – The Language Connection

A regular column from The Daily Yomiuri about the Japanese language and culture as well as education (including English education in Japan). A good read.

Nikkei Net

Home page for the major newspaper focusing especially on business and financial topics.

Hiragana Times

Monthly magazine with most of the texts both in English and Japanese (hiragana, katakana and kanji with furigana). Topics are about life in Japan (relationships, work, Japan in general etc).

Asahi WebUD

The popular left-leaning Japanese newspaper Asahi has an excellent service provided on their webpage. WebUD provides an audio reading of any article on as well as the ability to turn furigana on and off. It is a computerized voice reading the articles, but it’s actually not too bad. The program allows you to adjust the speed of the reading. The hiragana function gives you … [ Read more ]

NHK Radio News online

Kick off your Japanese listening in the morning by listening to the NHK Radio News online. There are four broadcasts daily, 10 minute segments at 7am and midday and then 15 minutes at 7pm and 10pm. The speed at which the broadcasters speak can be adjusted to slow, normal or fast, making it handy for repeated listenings. The fact that the announcers – especially the … [ Read more ]


A free magazine in English about what’s happening in Tokyo.

Japanese News in Translation

“Blog for news stories from Japan that might or might not gain coverage in English-language sources. If you’re examining social trends in Japan and don’t have the primary language skills, let me know. Maybe I can help.”

Find the latest “news on Japan” in the following topics:
– Business news
– Economy
– Stock market
– Politics
– Society
– Sports
– Education
– Science & technology
– Internet
– Electronics

Mainichi Daily News

One of the four major daily newspapers in Japan.

The Japan Times

One of the four major daily newspapers in Japan, especially noteworthy for its English publication.

Asahi Shimbun

The English version of the Asahi Shimbun, one of the primary national newspapers in Japan

Daily Yomiuri On-Line

The English version of the Daily Yomiuri, one of the primary national newspapers in Japan