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One of the five national newspapers in Japan. The newspaper had an alliance with the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by The New York Times.
A Japanese newspaper published in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major Japanese cities. Yomiuri Shimbun is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in the world. The Yomiuri Shimbun is conservative and sometimes considered a center-right newspaper.
Begun in 1997, is an online collection of thousands of Japanese language works of fiction and non-fiction, including out-of-copyright books or works that the authors have made freely available. It is widely regarded as the Japanese equivalent of Project Gutenberg.
Converts texts from Aozora Bunko into Kindle-ready pdf files.
Reading Tutorial Toolbox
The Reading Tutor was designed to help JFL/JSL learners improve their reading skills in Japanese. This system was developed specifically to help learners study written Japanese at their own pace, in their own way. Dr. Baba says this is amazing!
CHROME ADD ON:Japanese to English/German/French/Russian dictionary. Just hover the mouse on top of a word, and a popup appears. Automatically de-inflects verbs and adjectives. Detailed kanji view.
CHROME ADD ON: This is a port of rikaichan to chrome. When you hover over Japanese words they'll be translated in a pop up. If you hit shift/enter, you'll see some information about the first Kanji.
First- & Second-Year Japanese
Dictionaries 辞典 字典（じてん）
(used with permission from SharonDomier, UMass Amherst)
These tools help turn your mouse into a dictionary. It is very addictive and can really help speed up your reading - but the lack of pain may mean that you don't remember kanji or words as well as when you look them up one by one.
The "Rodoku Shitsuji" (Narrating Butler) reads aloud 27 short stories. You can purchase more texts through the "store."
Rodoku Shojo - Story Time Girl - is a program focused on “entertainment for readers,” in which a girl in a school uniform recites a story just for you!
A speech translation application for travel phrases which can translate spoken phrases into different languages.
Collections of Dictionaries
I think that these are my top picks for free online dictionaries. You may have other suggestions, please let me know and I'll add them.
Very nice collection of more than 50 dictionaries, each one provides source information.
Collection of dictionaries: kokugo, ruigo, waei/eiwa, shugo (sign).
Yahoo! Japan Dictionaries
This set of dictionaries (J, thesaurus, JE, EJ,) can be searched individually or all at once. It also offers two dictionaries for J and JE/EJ so you can see variations.
On'yaku no heya 音訳の部屋
This is a very interesting collection of resources for people who read aloud to the blind. It includes a lot of readings that people would just guess at if they were reading silently, therefore a good tool for Japanese language learners.