Asahi Shimbun Logo – The Asahi Shimbun is one of the biggest newspapers in Japan, second in circulation in Japan and the world (about 7,903,473 copies per day according to the World Association of newpapers in 2010) behind the Yomiuri Shimbun .
The newspaper calls itself ideologically as ” liberal and new left ‘, as opposed to other ideological currents expressed by competitors such as the Yomiuri Shimbun (center-conservative), Sankei Shimbun (conservative right) and Mainichi Shimbun (center-left traditional ). However, the Japanese traditional left often accuses the journal of conservative, while conservatives accuse him of being a leftist, or is even accused of supporting the Japanese Communist Party and be communist by sector on the right. His support for the positions of rapprochement with China , mean that the newspaper is considered “anti-American and pro-Chinese” by the American press, although the newspaper frequently criticized the Communist regimes in China and North Korea .
Pacifist since the end of the Second World War , the publication has 3000 journalists, including correspondents abroad. The newspaper has an alliance with the newspaper International Herald Tribune and publishes the International Herald Tribune / Asahi Shimbun ‘s version in English which replaced the earlier English version entitled Asahi Evening News . It also has another alliance with the official newspaper of the People’s Republic of China人民日报( Renmin Ribao , People’s Daily ).
The column Tensei Jingo (天声人语, “The divine voice is the language of the people”, referring to the phrase in Latin Vox Populi, Vox Dei , ‘voice of the people, voice of God’) is published daily since 1904 , trying Recent news and social issues. The column is also available as an electronic newsletter ( newsletter ).