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Weekly Ascii
Goodbye, the Last PC Magazine in Japan
Date:10, Aug, 2015
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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“Weekly Ascii” was a weekly magazine which started in 1989. That was supposed to be a magazine of enthusiasm, since featuring information about computers.

I described “was,” because its paper started suspending publication in 2015 May and “Weekly Ascii” still goes on as a digital magazine on internet. That is reasonable. According to Japan Magazine Publishers Association, its circulation was about 96,000. (October - December, 2014)


Weekly Ascii June 9, 2015


It is supposed that a lot of people miss the first and the last PC magazine in Japan. However, I guess it is natural because they have recently given us information about smart phones and hardly featured something about PCs. And there is nobody who knows “Weekly Ascii” in my friendship although they all own their smartphones.

What I mean is smartphone users don’t always want to be informed of their tools. Now, looking around trains and restaurants tells us people who indulge in smart phones have increased. When they need to know something about smartphones, however, almost tend to check internet, SNS and so on. Reality is it.

I understand there are many who received Ascii’s help and made up PCs of their own making. But recently, internet can work instead. “Weekly Ascii” lives just as a digital magazine for a logical consequence. Thank you for everything you did for us, Weekly Ascii.


Weekly Ascii December 31, 2013


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