The Huffington Post is to launch a Japanese-language site in partnership with Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese daily, the two companies announced today. According to a press release, Huffington Post Japan is currently recruiting a veteran editor-in-chief and editorial team in preparation for its launch, but a date was not given.
"I'm delighted to welcome Japan to the HuffPost family," said Arianna Huffington, quoted in the press release. "As our first edition in Asia, HuffPost Japan is more than just one more step toward our goal of expanding to new countries and continents; it's a reflection of our commitment to inviting ever more voices to join our growing global conversation. Partnering with the Asahi Shimbun Company, with its local expertise and grasp of Japan's history, culture, and unique personality, we'll be telling the stories that matter most both to those who live in Japan and those who care deeply about Japan -- and just as important, helping the people of Japan tell their stories themselves."
As the release notes, Asahi Shimbun is one of the largest papers in the world, with a daily circulation of 8 million copies for the morning edition and 3.4 million for the evening edition, with reporting in English, Chinese and Korean as well as Japanese.