Layout International & The Japan Times: Digital transformation in record time

Released 18 Apr 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions, The Japan Times successfully migrated to NewsPublish in a record time of 40 days.

In a partnership with Layout International, The Japan Times was able to optimize the newspaper's production cycle and simultaneously accelerate its transformation to multi-platform publishing and a more digital-centric workflow.

The integration of NewsPublish has enabled the centralization of digital and print publishing from a single CMS and via one interface.

Cloud-based NewsPublish proved to be a lifeline during a time when thousands of businesses were being asked to move their operations offsite. The Japan Times was able to update its website and go to print without the physical presence of staff in the office newsroom.

"The task to transition during such a difficult time was definitely daunting, but having our CMS in the cloud has brought immediate benefits, in terms of speed and our overall flexibility," said Mark Thompson, Deputy Managing Editor in charge of Digital Media at The Japan Times. "The pace of the news cycle has quickened. We now have the tools to not only keep up but also get out in front."

About The Japan Times

The Japan Times is the country's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. Published by The Japan Times, Ltd., a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc., the company is headquartered in Kioicho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

About NewsPublish

NewsPublish is a robust web-based multilingual platform that provides all of the core content management services needed to create, capture, manage, store, preserve and deliver content related to organizational processes. It is an enterprise solution for centralizing unstructured content and better managing the entire content lifecycle; it performs tasks simultaneously on one single platform with NewsPublish CMS linking web, social and print in a single platform and reducing up to 40% of production time.

About Layout International

Layout International has thirty years experience in consultancy for top publishing houses worldwide, Layout International has the tools and expertise needed to transform your newsroom. Headquartered in Dubai with a technical infrastructure in the United States and Malaysia, Layout International caters for the needs of 100 publishers with more than 30 websites and apps totaling 1 billion page views per month.