The Nikkei, formally known as The Nihon Keizai Shinbun (日本経済新聞, literally Japan Economic Newspaper), is Nikkei Inc.'s flagship publication and the world's largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding three million.

The roots of the Nikkei started with an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Company in 1876 when it started publication of Chugai Bukka Shimpo (literally Domestic and Foreign Commodity Price Newspaper), a weekly market-quotation bulletin. The department was spun out as the Shokyosha in 1882. The paper became daily (except Sunday) in 1885 and was renamed Chugai Shogyo Simpo in 1889. It was merged with Nikkan Kogyo and Keizai Jiji and renamed Nihon Sangyo Keizai Shimbun in 1942. The paper changed its name to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in 1946.[2]

Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950.[3]

As of 30 November 2015 Nikkei became the official owner of the Financial Times, having bought the newspaper from Pearson PLC.[4]

Ownership

Nikkei Inc. specializes in publishing financial, business and industry news. Its main news publications include:

  • Nikkei Asian Review, an English-language business journal that launched in November 2013.[5][6]
  • Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞), a leading economic newspaper.
  • Nikkei Veritas (日経ヴェリタス), a weekly financial newspaper that replaced Nikkei Kinyu Shimbun (Nikkei Financial Daily) in March 2008.
  • Nikkei Business Daily (日経産業新聞 Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun), an industry newspaper
  • Nikkei Marketing Journal (日経MJ Nikkei MJ), a commerce newspaper
  • Nikkei Weekly' (日経ウィークリー), an English-language business newspaper

Nikkei sells these newspapers around the world, in their original languages and in translation. It also makes many of its Japanese articles available in English through wire services, an English language website, and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.

Nikkei agreed on 23 July 2015 to buy the UK-based FT Group, which includes business daily Financial Times, for the equivalent of $1.32 billion from Pearson PLC.[7][8]

On 30 November 2015, Nikkei completes acquisition of Financial Times from Pearson plc

Nikkei also owns TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC, which provides coverage of the Japanese market during trading hours and rebroadcasts CNBC during off-hours and weekends.

Nikkei Group affiliate companies

Major companies: