Shimbun Akahata

Shimbun Akahata (しんぶん赤旗, Shinbun Akahata, lit. Newspaper Red Flag) is the daily newspaper of the Japanese Communist Party in the form of a national newspaper. It was founded in 1928 and currently has both daily and weekly editions.[1]

Shimbun Akahata
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Japanese Communist Party
WebsiteAkahata (in Japanese)
Japan Press Weekly (in English)
Shimbun Akahata headquarters in Sendagaya, Tokyo.

Akahata has journalists based in the capitals of ten countries around the globe. They are Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Hanoi, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, and Washington, D.C.

Some of their journalism deals with activist politics, but they also do original reporting on a wide variety of political issues which are often untouched in Japan. Most Japanese newspapers publish the names of alleged criminals, but Akahata often declines to publish their names, unless they are related to organized crime or right-wing activities. They also go out of their way to avoid using polite terms for the Emperor of Japan; for example, the paper refers to the Emperor's Cup exclusively as "a Japanese soccer tournament". They refer to the Buraku Liberation League as the "Liberation" League, using scare quotes to convey their opposition to the group.

Japan Press Weekly is the newspaper's English edition.

Circulation over time

In 1959, Akahata had a daily circulation of around 40,000.[2] By the end of 1960, as a result of recruitment drives conducted in conjuntion with the 1960 Anpo Protests, circulation soared to around 100,000.[2] By 1970, the newspaper had over 400,000 subscribers to its daily edition, and more than 1 million subscribers to its Sunday edition.[2] In the early 1990s, daily subscribers were over 3 million. However, by 2007, daily circulation had fallen to around 1.6 million, and fell further to around 1.0 million by 2019.

See also


  1. "A Profile of the Japanese Communist Party". Japanese Communist Party. July 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. Kapur, Nick (2018). Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 272. ISBN 9780674988484.

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