Media

Newspapers are sold at convenience stores, train-station kiosks and some hotels in major cities. Look for free mags at airports and hotels; and bars and restaurants popular with expats; many cities have expat-run online magazines, too. Bilingual DJs on Tokyo's InterFM (76.1FM; www.interfm.co.jp) do news broadcasts and public service announcements in English; in Kansai, tune into multilingual FM Cocolo (76.5FM; www.cocolo.jp).

  • Japan Times (www.japantimes.co.jp) Long-running English-language daily.
  • Japan News (http://the-japan-news.com) English version of Japan's most popular (and right-of-centre) daily, Yomiuri Shimbun.
  • Asahi Shimbun (www.asahi.com/ajw) Japan's left-of-centre daily has English articles online.
  • Time Out Tokyo (www.timeout.com/tokyo) Quarterly magazine on pop culture and events; look for its excellent mini city guides at TICs around Japan.
  • Metropolis (http://metropolisjapan.com) Tokyo's not-quite-as-relevant-as-it-used-to-be free expat rag.
  • Kansai Scene (www.kansaiscene.com) Free paper for Kansai's expat community.
  • Kyoto Journal (www.kyotojournal.org) In-depth articles on arts and culture from Japan and Asia.