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Huffington Post launches Japan edition

Huffington Post logoPopular online newspaper Huffington Post has launched a Japanese edition – its first in Asia.

Arianna Huffington, HuffPo’s founder, said the site would provide a platform for discussion on social, political and economic issues at a time of sweeping change in Japan, the South China Morning Post is reporting.

“This is truly a pivotal moment in the history of Japan,” Huffington told journalists in Japan, where prime minister Shinzo Abe recently returned to power.

Huffington Post has entered Japan via a deal with widely circulating newspaper Asahi Shimbun, one of the world’s largest circulating newspapers.

The editor in chief of the site is Shigeki Matsuura.

Local editions of Huffington Post now exist in the UK, Canada, France, Spain, Italy now Japan. In February, it emerged that the brand was delaying a planned launch in Australia to focus on expansion into Japan.

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