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Newspapers of Modern Fukuoka

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Newspapers of Modern Fukuoka


About emerging media and its promulgation

The newspaper is a printed material distributed to an unspecified populace with the aim of informing the people with current news. The history of newspapers in Japan starts from the Edo period, when foreigners started to publish English papers. In the same period, the Edo bakufu government started to publish translated versions of a Dutch newspaper. However, the number of publications of those newspapers was limited, and there were not so many people who had access to them. In the Meiji period, daily newspapers were established one after another in Yokohama and Kyoto, and that triggered other cities situated in rural areas to publish their own newspapers. Some of them were the Nishikie Newspaper (Pictorial Newspaper created by using a method of Ukiyoe woodprint), the contents of which can be easily understood even without reading the articles. The first newspaper published in Fukuoka was the “Chikushi Newspaper”, established in 1877. The newspaper was printed once every three days and its publication lasted only four months. However, other successive newspapers also started publication. In 1880, the Fukuoka Daily Newspaper, Fukuoka’s first daily newspaper, was established. Together with the Fukuryo Shimpo Newspaper (which later changed its name to Kyushu Nippo), the Fukuoka Daily Newspaper increased the circulation of newspapers published in Fukuoka as a whole.
This exhibition introduces the newspapers published in the Fukuoka area during the Meiji to Showa periods, along with notable events that happened in the timeline.





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