Kyodo News Plus – Bias and Credibility

Kyodo News - Least Biased - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.

  • Overall, we rate Kyodo News Plus as Least Biased based on neutral/balanced reporting and High for factual reporting based on a clean fact check record.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Japan
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic



Kyodo News Plus is an online extension of Kyodo News, offering curated stories with in-depth analysis for an English-speaking audience. Both platforms are closely affiliated, with Kyodo News Plus emphasizing its association with the main Kyodo News agency and catering to readers in Japan and globally.

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Funded by / Ownership

The About page does not mention the details regarding its ownership or publisher. However, it is by Kyodo News, a nonprofit cooperative news agency based in Minato, Tokyo. Revenue is generated through advertising.

Analysis / Bias

The article titled; “Japan parliament to convene extraordinary session on Oct. 20” provides a factual account of the upcoming extraordinary session of Japan’s parliament. While the article does not contain hyperlinks for direct references, it uses quotes to attribute statements to key political figures, ensuring the credibility of the information presented. Kyodo News Agency is the source of this article.

The article “Japan PM Kishida Sacks Son as Executive Secretary Amid Criticism” delves into the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s decision regarding his son. The article uses words like “lambasted,” which can carry a strong connotation, but it balances this by presenting both the government’s perspective and the criticism from opposition parties. Like the first article, it uses quotes to attribute statements but lacks hyperlinks for direct references.

In summary, both articles from Kyodo News Plus present their content focusing on factual reporting using quotes for attribution. The absence of hyperlinks might be a style choice for the platform, but the use of direct quotes ensures the credibility of the information. The word choices in the articles are mostly neutral, with occasional strong connotations balanced out by presenting multiple perspectives.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Kyodo News Plus as Least Biased based on neutral/balanced reporting and High for factual reporting based on a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 09/30/2023)


Last Updated on September 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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