The Japan Times and The New York Times Company today announce a publishing agreement that will see the International New York Times packaged with The Japan Times in the Japan market. The combined product, which will be distributed Monday through Saturday, will be known as The Japan Times / International New York Times and the first issue will be published on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The Japan Times / International New York Times will consist of two sections. The first section will feature the same Japan Times content that current readers enjoy. It will be edited and produced from The Japan Times office in Tokyo and its bureau in Osaka. The second section will be edited from the Hong Kong, New York, Paris and London offices of the International New York Times (currently known as the International Herald Tribune) and will draw on the global network and vast journalistic resources of The New York Times. Takeharu Tsutsumi, president of The Japan Times, said, "This is an important step in The Japan Times' 116-year history. We will remain a proudly independent newspaper, and will continue to offer our readers the very best in English-language journalism available in Japan. By packaging The Japan Times with the International New York Times, we will also provide our readers with the global edition of one of the best known and most widely respected newspapers in the world." Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher, International New York Times said, "We are thrilled that the International New York Times will be made available to Japan Times readers later this year. As the IHT we have built a reputation as the premier source of news, opinion and commentary for global citizens and as the International New York Times we will further build on this distinctive international voice." Readers of The Japan Times website already enjoy full access to the site for free but subscribers to The Japan Times / International New York Times will also enjoy free, unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device, plus the full range of NYTimes apps for smartphone (iPhone, Android-powered phones and Windows® Phone), tablet (iPad) and computer.