11th May 2017
‘Braille Mainichi,’ Japan’s only newspaper for the visually impaired, celebrates 95 years
Mainichi Newspapers’ weekly “Braille Mainichi,” Japan’s only Braille newspaper that independently gathers news and information for the visually impaired, turned 95 on May 11.
Since the paper was first published in 1922, it has continued to play a pioneering role in including those with visual impairments in society through news and information while also shining a light on achievements in the community.
At the time of the launch of the “Braille Mainichi”, radio broadcasts had yet to come onto the scene, and the newspaper was an indispensable source of information for the blind. However, there were still few people in Japan who could read Braille. The first chief editor Kyotaro Nakamura and other staff from the newspaper held seminars and other activities all over Japan in a large campaign to popularize Braille, using the “Braille Mainichi” as a textbook.