The magazine was launched in 1982 to help bridge the information gap between Japan and the rest of the world. This bimonthly publication was the source of in-depth, analytical, historical and cultural information on Japan's trade, business, economic issues, current events, legislation and politics. It combined official views of Japan with a wealth of features by distinguished writers from Japan and other countries.
The JOURNAL OF JAPANESE TRADE & INDUSTRY was renamed ECONOMY, CULTURE & HISTORY Japan SPOTLIGHT Bimonthly in January 2014. Taking over from the Journal, Japan SPOTLIGHT covers not only economy, industry and trade, but also international politics, history, culture and topics that suit both our aims and the interests of our readers to create a deeper understanding of Japan, Asia and the world. It is published on the 10th of every odd month of the year.
Our writers include business executives, government officials, university professors, specialist researchers, and leading journalists. Japan SPOTLIGHT showcases the thinking of some of the world's leading experts on issues involving Japan, Asia and other regions.
Read ECONOMY, CULTURE & HISTORY Japan SPOTLIGHT Bimonthly
January 1982: January/February 1982 issue (Vol. 1)
First issue of the JOURNAL OF JAPANESE TRADE & INDUSTRY is published (printed magazine with a charge for subscription).
January 2004: January/February 2014 issue (Vol. 133)
It is renamed as the current ECONOMY, CULTURE & HISTORY Japan SPOTLIGHT Bimonthly with a new layout and cover design completely renewed (printed magazine with a charge for subscription).
May 2011: May/June 2011 issue (Vol. 177)
The magazine became digital and was published on our website, in consideration of the importance of Internet usage (digital magazine with a charge for subscription).
March 2016: March/April 2016 issue (Vol. 206)
The magazine became available with this issue for free on our website, in the hope of providing more people with our information (digital magazine for free with a charge for annual subscription for the Archives (past issues) alone).
January 2017: January/February 2017 issue (Vol. 211)
All our magazines, both the latest issue and past issues in the Archives, can be accessed freely on our website. With this, we hope that many people who have never read our magazine will be encouraged to do so (digital magazine for free).