History

Meiji Era

  1. Nov. 2, 1874
    Nisshusha launches The Yomiuri Shimbun in Tokyo with Takashi Koyasu as president
  2. Nov. 11, 1876
    Employs stereotype printing system for the first time in Japan
  3. Aug. 7, 1888
    Carries a news photo for the first time in Japan, showing the eruption of Mt. Bandai, Fukushima Prefecture
  4. Jan. 1, 1897
    Begins serialization of Ozaki Koyo's novel "Konjiki Yasha" (The Golden Demon)

Taisho Era

  1. Dec. 1, 1917
    Nisshusha changes its name to The Yomiuri Shimbun
  2. Sept. 1, 1923
    Yomiuri head office building is destroyed in Great Kanto Earthquake
  3. Nov. 15, 1925
    Starts a radio program page for the first time in Japan

Showa Era

  1. Nov. 25, 1931
    Starts publication of evening edition
  2. Dec. 26, 1934
    Establishes Japan's first pro baseball team, now The Yomiuri Giants
  3. May 25, 1945
    Yomiuri head office building destroyed in an air raid by B-29 bombers
  4. Sept. 1, 1946
    The Creed of The Yomiuri Shimbun adopted
  5. Feb. 17, 1950
    Becomes joint stock company
  6. Nov. 25, 1952
    Begins publication of the Osaka edition
  7. March 16, 1954
    Prints a major scoop on exposure of crew members of the No. 5 Fukuryu Maru to lethal radioactivity produced in a Bikini Atoll hydrogen bomb test by the United States
  8. April 1, 1955
    Begins publication of an English-language newspaper, now The Japan News
  9. Sept. 23, 1964
    Begins publication of the Seibu (Kyushu) edition
  10. June 30, 1966
    Sponsors the first performance in Japan by The Beatles
  11. Oct. 12, 1969
    Establishes Japan's first pro soccer team, the Yomiuri Soccer Club, now Nippon TV Football Club
  12. Oct. 29, 1971
    Tokyo Head Office building in Otemachi, Tokyo, completed
  13. Oct. 11, 1974
    Emperor Showa and the Empress visit the Tokyo Head Office
  14. March 25, 1975
    Begins publication of the Chubu (Nagoya) edition
  15. February 1977
    Becomes Japan's top-circulation newspaper with 7,201,000 copies per day. It has held the top position since then
  16. Oct. 19, 1986
    Introduces a comprehensive electronics-based information service with the completion of the CTS Perfect System, putting an end to the era of lead printing plates

Heisei Era

  1. May 1994
    Circulation surpasses 10 miliion
  2. June 16, 1995
    Begins providing information on the Internet
  3. Feb. 1, 1999
    Chuokoron publishing house comes under the umbrella of The Yomiuri Shimbun Group, changing its name to Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.
  4. Jan. 1, 2000
    The new Creed of The Yomiuri Shimbun adopted
  5. May 10, 2001
    The Code of Conduct for the Editorial Staff of The Yomiuri Shimbun laid down
  6. July 1, 2002
    The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings established, creating a new management system
  7. Nov. 2, 2004
    130th annversary of the inauguration of The Yomiuri Shimbun
  8. Oct. 29, 2005
    Extends cooperation to the Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures
  9. Aug. 15, 2006
    "War responsibility reexamination series," carried in The Yomiuri Shimbun from August 2005, summarized in two installments, the first half in the Aug. 13 edition and the latter half in the Aug.15 edition
  10. Sept. 1, 2007
    Marronnier Gate, a commercial building, opens in Ginza Marronnier Gate in Ginza
  11. June 20, 2007
    Tsuneo Watanabe, Chairman of the Board and Editor-in-Chief, The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, named "Media Person of the Year" at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
  12. Oct. 1, 2007
    Agrees with Nikkei Inc. and The Asahi Shimbun to jointly run a website and cooperate in the sales activites.
  13. Oct. 29, 2009
    Opens its "yomiDr." website, which specializes in medical, nursing care and health information
  14. March 31, 2010
    Announces a plan to rebuild its head office in Otemachi, Tokyo
  15. September. 2010
    Moves into a temporary head office in Ginza, Tokyo
  16. March 2011
    The Yomiuri KODOMO Shimbun newspaper for children is launched
  17. Oct. 12, 2011
    The Yomiuri KODOMO Shimbun awarded in the editorial category of the World Young Reader Prize offered by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  18. July 2011
    A Yomiuri Shimbun scoop reveals secretly conducted DNA tests proved a Nepalese man convicted of murdering a female employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Tokyo was actually not the perpetrator. (A series of follow-up articles were awarded a prize by the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association for fiscal 2012.)
  19. May 2012
    Yomiuri Premium, a paying service offering exclusive content on digital devices to subscribers,is launched
  20. April 2013
    The Yomiuri Shimbun's English-language newspaper changes its name from The Daily Yomiuri to The Japan News
  21. January 2014
    The Yomiuri Shimbun officially starts operating from The Yomiuri Shimbun Building, its new headquarters in Tokyo's central Otemachi district
  22. Nov. 2, 2014
    The Yomiuri Shimbun marks 140th anniversary
  23. Nov. 7, 2014
    The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun newspaper for teens is launched
  24. April 9, 2015
    The Yomiuri Shimbun publishes its 50,000th edision
  25. Sept. 2, 2015
    The Yomiuri Shimbun awarded the fiscal 2015 award from the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association for a series of scoop reporting that patients died after they underwent a highly difficult laparoscopic liver resection surgery at Gunma University Hospital in Gunma Prefecture
  26. Sept.3, 2015
    The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun awarded a top editorial prize in the World Young Reader Prize competition by the World Association of Newspapers
    and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
  27. January 2016
    The Yomiuri Shimbun signs a contract with the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to represent the nation's newspapers as a Tokyo 2020 Official Partner (newspapers category)