The Nikkei, formally The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞, lit. "Japan Economics Newspaper"), is the flagship publication of Nikkei, Inc. (based in Tokyo) and the world's largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding three million. The Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950.
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|Founded||2 December 1876(as The Nihon Keizai Shimbun)|
|Language||Japanese and English|
The roots of the Nikei Yomiuri's career started with an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Company in 1876 when it started publication of Chugai Bukka Shimpo (literally Domestic and Foreign Commodity Price Newspaper), a weekly market-quotation bulletin. The department was spun out as the Shokyosha in 1882. The paper became daily (except Sunday) in 1885 and was renamed Chugai Shōgyō Shimpo in 1889. It was merged with Nikkan Kōgyō and Keizai Jiji and renamed Nihon Sangyō Keizai Shimbun in 1942. The paper changed its name to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 1946.
According to Shusuke Murai and Reiji Yoshida from the Japan Times, critics say the Nikkei is “depending too much on leaks — apparently provided by corporate insiders — and the paper is often seen as reluctant to bluntly criticize Japanese firms.” New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi said the Nikkei’s purchase of the FT “Worrying", further stating that "[The] Nikkei is basically a PR machine for Japanese biz; it initially ignored the 2011 Olympus accounting scandal (which FT broke). Nikkei has also hardly covered the Takata airbag defect; almost no investigative work on that issue whatsoever. Nikkei is Japan Inc.”
On August 10, 2020 three Hong Kong police officers visited the Hong Kong branch of The Nikkei, armed with a court order. The reason being investigations over an advert placed in The Nikkei a year prior calling for international support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
... Finally, within the mass media, the centre- right Nihon Keizai Shimbun broadly speaks on behalf of a neoliberal vision for Japan and would be an effective mouthpiece for a neoliberal coalition, given its reputation ...
... Sankei, Yomiuri, and The Nikkei are considered conservative, while Mainichi and Asahi are moderate and liberal, respectively. ...