On March 18, the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association released the findings of its 2020 Newspaper Audience Survey, which investigates how much people get their information from the newspaper, either in the print or Internet version. According to the survey, 50.2% of respondents reported that they “get information from the newspaper every day,” while 68.3% said they “get news from the newspaper once a month or more.” Including articles posted on the Internet, a total of 91.3% of respondents said that they get information from newspapers in some format.
Those who indicated that they get information from the newspaper once a month or more were asked how much time they spend reading the newspaper. Some 14.0% said that the amount of time they spend has “increased” compared with 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. An official at the Association commented: “As people’s lives change drastically with the spread of COVID-19, people are turning to newspapers because the information is deemed reliable and accurate.”
The survey of 1,200 men and women age 15 through 79 was taken from October through November last year.