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Founded in 1874, the Yomiuri Shimbun is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in the world having a combined morning and evening circulation . As of mid-year 2011, it still has a combined morning-evening circulation of almost 13.5 million for its national edition. The paper is printed twice a day and in several different local editions.
The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞?, IPA: [aꜜsaçi ɕimbɯɴ], literally Morning Sun Newspaper) is one of the five national newspapers in Japan. Its circulation, which was 7.96 million for its morning edition and 3.1 million for its evening edition as of June 2010, was second behind that of Yomiuri Shimbun. The company has its registered headquarters in Osaka.
Sankei Shimbun (産経新聞?) is a daily newspaper in Japan published by the Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. (株式会社産業経済新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Sangyō Keizai Shinbunsha). It has the sixth highest circulation for a newspaper in Japan, and is considered as one of the five "national" newspapers. Sankei Shimbun's name literally means "Industrial and Economic Newspaper".
The Hokkaido Shimbun (北海道新聞 Hokkaidō Shinbun), which is often abbreviated as Doshin (道新 Dōshin?), is a Japanese language daily newspaper published mainly in Hokkaidō, Japan by The Hokkaido Shimbun Press (株式会社北海道新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Hokkaidō Shinbunsha?). As of November 2006, its morning edition has a circulation of 1,208,175.It was first published in Sapporo in 1887.
The Chunichi Shimbun (中日新聞 Chūnichi Shinbun?) is a Japanese daily "broadsheet" newspaper published in mostly Aichi Prefecture and neighboring regions by Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd (株式会社中日新聞社 Kabushiki-gaisha Chūnichi Shinbunsha). It is the owner of the Chunichi Dragons baseball team, and is also known as the main organizer of a famous international gymnastics event, the Chunichi Cup. The newspaper is dominant in its region, with a market penetration approaching 60 percent of the population of Aichi Prefecture. The Chunichi Shimbun group also publishes the Tokyo Shimbun, the Chunichi Sports, and the Tokyo Chunichi Sports newspapers. The group’s combined circulation is more than 4 million
The Chugoku Shimbun (中国新聞 Chūgoku Shinbun?) is a Japanese local daily newspaper based in Hiroshima. It serves the Chūgoku region of Japan with a market share in Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Okayama and Tottori Prefectures. The newspaper publishes morning paper and evening editions. The morning paper has a daily circulation of 646,908. And the evening paper has a daily circulation of 40,648.