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Jakarta Post

`Jakarta Shimbun' a bridge to Indonesia

  /   Mon, November 30 2009   /  02:19 pm

Founded by veteran journalist Yasuo Kusano on Nov. 6, 1998, The Daily Jakarta Shimbun is the only Japanese-language newspaper published in Indonesia. At eight pages daily and a four-page lifestyle supplement on Fridays, the paper may be short in length but it is broad in its mission: "Drawing upon an understanding of Indonesia's history and culture, to provide accurate news and long-term insights on Indonesia to Japan and the international community, and to offer useful information to Japanese expatriates and businesses in the country." Starting with a circulation of a mere 50 copies, The Jakarta Shimbun now distributes about 4,000 copies among the approximately 11,400 Japanese living across the country. It also distributes discounted copies to Indonesians studying Japanese at universities and language centers, and works with Garuda Indonesia to provide in-flight copies on rout...