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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question regarding your subscription, home delivery or any other our service? Below, you'll find answers to commonly asked questions. If you still need assistance, please contact us at

Home delivery

Q: How can I order a subscription in Japan?

A: Please fill out our online subscription form. Simply fill in the blanks and press the submit button. If you have any trouble, call toll-free 0120-036-242 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.), FAX toll-free 0120-051-298, or e-mail

Q: How can I order a subscription overseas?

A: For specific information about overseas subscriptions, please send an inquiry by e-mail to Overseas Courier Service, Ltd., Subscription Dept. indicating the city and country where you live or refer to the web site of Newspaper Direct .

Q: Can I specify only certain days to receive the newspaper? (e.g. Mondays only)

A: "Monday-only" subscriptions are available only to overseas addresses (see above). Otherwise, the minimum subscription term is one month of daily delivery. Kiosks at major railway stations and bookstores carry The Japan Times and are the best way to buy single issues.

Q: How can I suspend delivery while I'm on vacation?

A: Simply fill out our vacation stop-request form and press the submit button. You will receive a confirmation e-mail later. If you don't receive our confirmation, please send your request to

Please allow 3 days to process your suspension request. If you request a suspension during a weekend, your suspension will start from "the following Tuesday." Since we close on holidays, make sure you're aware of our office hours before you order a suspension.

Q: What is the delivery time?

A: You should receive your paper by 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Q: Can I pay for home delivery with my credit card?

A: Some local Asahi Shimbun distribution agents who deliver the paper every morning and collect fees (unless you reside in Aichi, Gifu or Mie Prefecture, where the fee is collected by a Chunichi Shimbun distribution agent) accept credit-card payments. Your subscription fee will be collected at your door by your local Asahi Shimbun distribution agent around the end of each month if you don't request credit card payment.

Q: What should I do if my newspaper does not arrive or is damaged?

A: Please notify us. We will make a special delivery of the paper to you on the evening of the same day or the next morning.

Q: How often can you start a 7-day free trial subscription?

A: Once. The 7-day free trial is meant for first-time customers who want to try out The Japan Times before they decide whether to subscribe. Domestic only.


Web site

Q: Can I view classified ads online?

A: Some of our classified ads can be viewed on our Web site at Times Classified Ads If you want to view all the classified ads, please purchase Monday's paper (Tuesday's paper in some areas).

Q: Can I subscribe to E-mail News Service?

A: Yes, please register your information at the top page of The Japan Times Online.


Other services

Q: How do I view or obtain back issues of The Japan Times?

A: Back issues for the last three months only are available at our circulation desk. You can either visit our Tokyo office in person to pick them up immediately, or send a request by e-mail or regular mail.

* Visiting our circulation department:
The address is 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo. The nearest train station is Tamachi on the JR Yamanote Line.
Our circulation desk is on the 2nd floor and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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* Request by mail:
Please enclose 240 yen in postage stamps for each copy requested. Mail your request to: The Japan Times Circulation Dept., ATTN: Back Issues Desk, 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0023. It takes around one week for back issues to be delivered.
Q: How do I get copies of individual articles?

A: Please use the online search function on our Web site. You may download material from The Japan Times Online for your personal, noncommercial use only. To reprint our articles, however, you need special permission. Please contact us by e-mail at

If you cannot find the archive articles you are looking for in The Japan Times Online, you can consult our monthly bound volumes, which are available at many universities and large public libraries, as well as at The Japan Times offices.