Japan Earthquake Front Pages

Villages swept away by the tsunami, bedraggled survivors huddled amid the rubble, ships perched atop buildings—Japan's leading newspapers have offered strong coverage since the earthquake. See their front pages.

Asahi Shimbun, March 15, 2011

Mainichi Daily, March 15, 2011A

The Japan Times, March 15, 2011

Mainichi Daily

Mainichi Shimbun March 12, 2011

horizontal - Over 1,500 Dead or Missing
right vertical - Catastrophic Damage Caused by Massive Tsunami
left vertical - Leakage of Radioactive Materials

Circulation: 1,619,998

Mainichi Shimbun, or The Daily News, one of Japan's three largest newspapers, was established in 1872 and claims to be the country's oldest official source of printed news.

Mainichi Daily

Mainichi Shimbun March 12, 2011

large horizontal - Major Earthquake Hits Tohoku
small horizontal - Level 7 in Miyagi; M8.8, Unprecedented in Japan
right vertical - Massive Tsunami, Large Number of Dead and Missing People
center vertical - 300 Dead Bodies Found on Sendai Coast

Mainichi Daily

Mainichi Shimbun March 13, 2011

horizontal - Explosion in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
right vertical - Meltdown of Reactor: First Case in the Country; Evacuation Order Issued for People Within 20km Radius of Reactor #1

Asahi Shimbun

Asahi Shimbun

large horizontal - Over 10,000 Estimated Dead
small horizontal - Rotating Schedule for Power Conservation Starts Today
vertical (left to right) - Magnitude Revised to 9.0; Railroad Schedule Cut or Suspended; Deep Concern Over Explosion at Reactor #3

Circulation: 8,031,579

Asahi Shimbun, or Morning Sun Newspaper, has the second highest circulation numbers in Japan. The paper was founded in 1879 in Osaka and is now headquartered in Tokyo.

Yomiuri Shimbun

Yomiuri Shimbun

large horizontal - Power Conservation Plan Starts Today
small horizontal - Eastern Japan Earthquake / 3-6 Hour Rotation for the Five Areas

Circulation: 10,178,701

Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan's leading daily newspaper, with the largest circulation of any paper in the country. The paper was founded in 1874 and and leans right.

The Japan Times

The Japan Times


Circulation: 61,929

The Japan Times is the country's most popular English-language newspaper and is based in Tokyo.

Stars and Stripes

Stars & Stripes: Pacific Edition

Circulation: 350,000+

Stars and Stripes is the U.S. Military's independent news source, though its editorial team is made up of reporters from around the world. Their Pacific Edition offices are in Tokyo.