News in Japan: These Apps Can Help You Access Most Recent Happenings

News in Japan: These Apps Can Help You Access Most Recent Happenings

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If you’re a Japanese living in another country, you likely fancy keeping up with what’s happening in your home country. Maybe you’re a lover of the beautiful island country and her bubbling economy, infrastructure, and culture, or perhaps you're planning to visit the country. You definitely would love a convenient way to get up-to-date information.

With the advent of mobile apps, you can read and listen to the news in Japan on the go. Here's our review of the best apps to access news in Japan.

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Go To Best 10 Apps for News in Japan
  1. App 1: WOW! Japan
  2. App 2: The Japan Times
  3. App 3: Japan News
  4. App 4: NHK Easy Japanese News Reader
  5. App 5: NHK World – Japan

Wow! Japan is a particular fit for tourists who intend to enjoy the thrill of the Japanese scenery and culture. This mobile application provides information on famous sights, cuisine, and shopping centers in Japan. You can search for tourist sites and the best restaurants in different cities across the country.

If you intend to enjoy your stay in Japan and learn about the best place to visit, the WOW! Japan app is what you need. Besides gaining access to rich tourist information on the app, you can access recent news stories about Japan before and during your trip.

The app is available for use offline, allowing you to access information about a particular area or tourist site, anytime any day. It supports English, Japanese, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and offers free coupons for your shopping experience.

If you’re interested in getting the latest news about finance, economy, entertainment, and lifestyle from Japan, the Japan Times offers this and lots more. It is unarguably the longest-running and largest newspaper in Japan that offers daily news stories in the English language.

This daily newspaper, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has an app that provides you with news information at your fingertips. You can access breaking news, commentary, and discussions about topical issues in Japan.

The Japan Times app features notifications of breaking news and daily news round-up. Upon subscription, users can access news stories free of charge.

This news app is a fast and easy way to read news from the most prominent news sources in Japan right on your mobile phone. You can bookmark your favorite news sources, and have them displayed on a separate tab.

Also, you can edit the default news sources, adding your favorites, and removing others. Additionally, you can share the latest news with your friends and family via SMS, email, and different social media platforms.

With the easy access to a variety of news sources the Japan News app offers, you're never left in the dark on what's happening in the prosperous Asian country. However, you can only read the news in Japanese and will need an app for translation if you don't understand Japanese. 

The NHK Easy Japanese News Reader is one of the best apps for reading daily and breaking news from Japan on the go. It features news articles from Japan’s national broadcasting association (known by its acronym, NHK). The app allows you to access news in Japanese, with links to its multilingual dictionaries such as English, Korean, and Chinese.

Also, it offers an offline view that allows you to download exciting Japanese news which you can read and listen to later. It has a simple and easy-to-use interface with an auto-play feature. Additionally, its play in the background feature allows you to listen to the news while you do other things with your phone.

With the recent updates to the app, users can now get movies alongside news articles. Also, you can change the font size of the letters and adjust other settings to enhance your reading experience. 

Unlike the NHK Easy Japanese News Reader that offers news primarily in Japanese, the NHK World - Japan is available in 17 different languages, including French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, and Spanish. It is the official app of the international service of NHK that provides the latest information about Japan.

It’s a news listening app that allows you to stream live news across Japan and Asia throughout the day from anywhere in the world. If you don’t want to miss any important information or news making rounds across the country, this is the app for you. It offers push notifications of earthquakes and other emergencies in Japan.

With your smartphone, you can access audio and video programs of the NHK news network. Recent updates to the app include a radio listening program, and extended on-demand news service.

Other important mentions include:

Radio Japan, JPNews, and Easy Japanese News.

You can stay informed on the latest happenings in Japan and never miss news information as long as you have these apps on your phone. Stream live news, listen to commentaries and follow the discussions on the Japanese economy, lifestyle, and culture. If you need a rich resource on how to get the latest news from Japan on your fingerprints, check out our list of the Best Apps for News in Japan.

  • Introducing The Japan Times App.
    News at your fingertips.

    4.5 Ratings 617 Reviews 50K+ Downloads
    • I love this app. I live in japan i can speak but cannot read or write. So this is so helpful to know abt whats happening in Japan and around the world. Thank you
      Daniel King


  • Learn Japanese fast, effective and free with NHK NEWS WEB EASY, CNN, MBC free

    4.7 Ratings 13K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    • This app could be better if there was a feature where you could filter the news by the vocabulary. For example, I would click on N5 and it would show me all articles with density of N5 words with more than 50%.
      Ícaro Lorran


  • It's a fast way to read Japan (日本) News (ニュース) in Japanese (日本語) on Android.

    4.4 Ratings 591 Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    • It's very cool ,, you can also translate the page in English if you don't understand Japanese by clicking "open in browser" ,,, it's also good for those who wants to improve their Japanese language level ,,, it also gives you not only local Japan news,,,, but also global news ,,, economy news ,,, sport news ,, any types of news,,, from all over the world 👍
      hussain mohammed


  • Read and listen to NHK News with Furigana & Multilingual Dictionaries for FREE

    4.6 Ratings 10K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    • The app is very useful. It helps me very much in developing my japanese. However, there are some moments which cannot be unnoticable. 1) It is impossible to read favourite news offline. I know that the feature of downloading news is possible in fee-charging subscription, but anyway... 2) In the app there are some bugs: it cannot be read sometime (bold type of read news does not disappear after you read the news). And one more thing: can you add dark mode, please?)))
      Ali Yarmukhamedov


  • News, live and on-demand services from Japan

    4.1 Ratings 11K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    • I just downloaded the app because my TV service provider is dropping the channel from the next day. I like watching this channel very much because the news is so simple to view and the rest of the programs are so soothing to watch. Keep it up NHK! The only worthwhile channel to watch in such crazy times. ✌🏼
      Ishita Singh


  • Watch NHK News everyday for free with Furigana, Dictionaries and Offline Mode!

    4.6 Ratings 820 Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    • I was always scared to read neww in japanese because its a hurdle to get past the more difficult terms and kanji. But this app has made it incredibly fun and eeucational, and ive realised how much i actually understaned.
      Miriam Gradel


  • Radio Online, Internet Radio App: listen to more than 200 Japan radio stations.

    4.5 Ratings 7K+ Reviews 500K+ Downloads
    • The only thing that's missing: in most cases it doesn't display the name of the song or the musical piece currently playing.
      Milos ZJM


  • Fast and Easy way to read Japan News online

    4.3 Ratings 103 Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    • great application
      Dadi Prayoga


  • Mobile apps to watch NHK World News in English for free!

    4.4 Ratings 425 Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    • Layout different than other news apps I'm used to, but very interesting stories. I end up doing internet searches on a number of their interesting articles.
      Kevin King


  • The largest Japan radio stations collection. Simple, fast, beautiful.

    4.5 Ratings 56 Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    • Best Japanese radio app I have found. It's easy to use, has music categories, and lots of radio stations to choose from. Thank you.
      Claudine Harper


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