Download NHK Easy Japanese News apk 6.17 free for Android smartphone

25 Aug
NHK Easy Japanese News

Posted by AOVILL TEAM in Education | Aug. 25, 2016 | 144 Comments

Apk file size: 3.8 MB

This apps will suite with JLPT N4, N3 level.


- OFFLINE VIEW MODE: you can now download preferred article for offline view (without internet connection).
-> Reduce cost on 3G/4G connection
- Free of ads

* You can purchase unlocker for Full version at below link:


This app lets you read and listen to daily news provided by NHK NEWS WEB EASY in a very simple Japanese.
It also show the reading (furigana) of Kanji as well as contains a list of new words with meanings in each news.

With this app you can adjust font size for reading and setting to automatically play next/previous news when finish listening to once.

- Hide Furigana for self-practice

- Easy to understand Japanese News

- Furigana for Kanji words in the news

- New words and meanings for each news

- Auto-play next/previous news

- Adjust Font Size for better reading

- Native reading voice

- Share the app with your friend

- Simple and Easy to use User Interface

- Support landscape mode

Leave your comments and we will bring more convenience!!!


Whats new

    - Fix image display issue
    - Fix bugs
    - Add play speed adjust function for Android 6 and above device
    *Notice: for anyone using Android 6 (Android M) and above, it may require to grant this app the permission to access Media files, in order to enable offline function of Full version.

AOVILL TEAM part of our Education and have average installs from 50000 to 100000. Last Update Aug. 25, 2016. Google play rating is 94.3044. Current verison is 6.17. Actual size 3.8 MB.

Download nhk-easy-japanese-news.apk 3.8 MB


Eric Furmanek

Loads a lot of data, every time Great app, but loads from internet all its data at startup - every time. Therefore takes long time to start and unneccessarily uses up your data limit when mobile. Pls. cache loaded data and update only the deltas at prog. start for 5 stars from me. As it stands, no real advantage to Easy News web site, nevertheless a convenient app with potential. Registered user.

Reflex Toku

Great app Great for personal study and use. Furigana, and even audio playback. Just a fantastic app.

Christopher Baker

Great App Large text, slow TTS, furigana, and definitions of key words. Great aid for learning the language.

Govinda Parasrampuria

Great app, but offline viewing absent. I really like the simplicity of the app. An offline download option shall be just what this app needs. The ads are non intrusive too.

Gin Kagashi

Great ! I'm looking for this app for too long and finally catch it up. Nothing to say, just can not wait to download and enjoy it <3

Khanh Ngo

Good for beginner This is more like a learning tool for Japanese rather than a news app. It have furigana accompanied with slow reading of news content which is great for beginner. The news is not really "new" though, maybe a few weeks late. Content loading is quite fast too, which is great.

Celtic Flower

Good App I like the app, thank you, would be even better if it could be moved to the SD card. I've had to uninstall for now due to the HTC Desire 816s lack of internal storage.

Hoàng Phú Nguyễn

Useful for study Japanese Kanji with furigana, new words with meaning and slow voice reading

John Ovalle

Offline mode does not work, buggy, loads entire article including audio I bought the full version because I really wanted to read these articles while I commute where I have no internet access. To my dismay the offline mode doesn't do anything. The app opens and there are no articles, not even ones I've downloaded. It's painfully slow to open articles because it will not show the text until it has finished downloading the audio (which I'm not going to listen to most of the time). Crashes often. I'm completely disappointed with this app. Please fix offline mode, it should download all the text for all the articles to the phone and please fix it so when opening an article the text can be read while the audio downloads.

David Saunders

buggy but brilliant yep I guess we put up with the tech shortfalls because this is a wonderful learning resource

Tom Roseveare

Please don't dump offline mp3s in the Downloads folder - that's really bad user experience

Artyom Mironov

furigana switch Please, add quick action to show\hide furigana.

jason abbas

Very nice I'd like to make it possible to read without furigana like when I access the website on my tablet or phone, also there should be a setting to hide the player because it takes a lot of space on the screen. Thank you

Komal Malhotra

Need help! Hi Team, I have just now purchased the full version. Although my phone shows I have the upgraded version, I cant see any news. A blank screen is coming. Please suggest. Thanks in advance!

Hung Phan Viet

I love it It is actually a good way to beat Japanese!

Tokyo Gaijin

So far so good but with one enhancement request. i have been using this free app for one month, its help in improving for beginner learner, now that I'm considering to purchase the full version however, would you be able to create a "repeat playing" feature? definately great help as i don't have to keep pressing the same button repeatedly when i want to listening to same news, thanks guys!!

David Saunders

Great resource is a suggestion though i bought full version for furagana on/off function ...developers u know what would be great? A toggle button for this function or maybe a touch on kanji and furagana appears function ...first option may be a quick fix and would really improve usuability

Mysti-Leigh Woodard

Great for learning A bit discouraging that it's "easy" news and I struggle with some lol, but it is a seriously great learning tool. I bought the ad free version just to support development. I'd love the ability to pop up furigana by tapping a word in furigana-off mode. Also keen to see what will come of that test app I saw on my watch!

Shameer Khan

Great for listening and reading This app offers users the opportunity to get both reading and listening practice at a nice pace which is easy to understand. If I had any negative things to say about the app, it is that, you need to download and keep a separate app to have the premium edition and the target vocabulary is defined in, quite difficult Japanese. Supplementing this application with a dictionary would be beneficial, but overall a great app.

John Caldwell

Helpful Aid! I found this app works rather well, and it is a great tool for those looking to read/listen to Japanese. I have learned in a classroom setting for 2 years but finding outside reading/listening material has always been difficult. This app has a well balanced intermediate level of grammer and vocabulary. Beginners are welcome to try it as well in order to expand there vocabulary. In all, if you are even mildly interested in finding some Japanese reading material then I highly suggest you try this out!

Kathleen Nacion

I would love to have a dark theme for this app (black background with white text). As a beginner, I think it would be very helpful if there was an option to have the words highlighted as the narrator reads so that I can follow along easily and if the new words were bold or of a different color within the article.

Chou Touketsu

Thanks to the developer, I can learn Japanese by reading news from a very beginning stage with hiragana, and I will consider purchasing it if it remembered where I was (not scroll to the topic line) when I recover it from background.


Neat app that allows me to practice my Japanese reading, pronunciation, and improve my vocabulary as well as keep up with the news.

Dianne Murphy

Easy Japanese news Has cheats over the kanji. So a beginner like me can read.

Bill Knight

Thank u Great app for learning and keeping Japanese reading skills up to date. Thanks for making this app. Keep up the great work!

Lauren Orsini

Great! Love the offline mode! Great way to read NHK easy without eating my data!

Rachel Patterson

Very good for practicing reading kanji. Helps with kanji and knowing onyomi vs kunyomi. Helps pronunciation by reading along.

Bryon Allison

After unlocking full version I am unable to download articles for offline viewing. I click icon, get a messages saying "download.......". But it never downloads. SD card with 103 gigs available Wifi connection to 100Mbps Cable.

Olga Mitchenko

Great app Very functional, I enjoy using it. The only thing is it does have some bugs but I'm still giving it five stars because it's great and I use it pretty much every day. Thanks !

Rachit Garg

Excellent app but with a scope of improvement The app really offers Nihongo in a very easy grammar and vocabulary. The feature of Furigana included is essential and is very helpful. However, an additional feature for ex. By just selecting the unknown kanji Furigana should appear for that particular word,can also be included. It is a great annoyance to always change the furigana selection by going to settings, not only does it breaks the flow of reading and listening but also most of the time user doesn't want to see the furigana for the complete text.

Vivek Venkat

Amazing app for beginners ( N4 & N5 JLPT) of the language! Gives me great reading practice! Would be even better if the underlined new words are explained in English as well as Japanese.

Jolene Houser

Good app Im using it to practice reading japanese.

Mark Samaniego

Good app Not many apps like this.

RJ Soh

Useful, has audio recordings of the entire article and hiragana above kanji. Very useful for Japanese learners, especially those intermediate ones who are looking for application of japanese in their daily life

Zeinab Naderpour

Its really helpful... thank you for such a great app ↖(^▽^)↗

Oden '

Very useful Great for practicing Japanese. Only cons are that sometimes pictures don't load and it crashes ocassional.

Maurice Gioseffi

Japanese news made easy. If I had had this 40 years ago, I wouldn't be learning so much now.

Irene Stephani

Very nice! Better if it can also have english translation when the words tapped, like Rikai-Kun extensions in Google Chrome

Eric Rubalcaba

Best app I love this app, I can't believe it's free! I'm considering just going ahead and donating, so worth it

Scott Porterfield

Great, easy-to-use tool I'd like to see a grammar list in English for each piece if possible

Abdul Ghaffar

Excellent I really like it.

Glen Evan

An excellent source for news and Nihongo All learners of Japanese at any level will benefit from this app. In addition to learning new terms, you are given lively topics to discuss with others.

Loichu Chu

Like it Easy japanese learning


Fantastic Great app. Would like to see an option to change the TTS speed if possible though.

Donny Tee Boon Aik

This help me to learn Japanese!

Todd Topolski

Excellent app, perfect for practice This is a perfect app to practice Japanese for non-native users of Japanese who may know grammar and vocab but need to see real use

Wren Kruse

Great for studying! I love reading these articles, because new vocab words have easy definitions and listening to the videos helps with pronunciation.

Myrna Dian Amalia

Good app A little bit slow on loading but overall it's okay. Help me to learn japanese

ethan kong

Really good. Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, but just a small suggestion. Maybe you could make it so that when you switch to another app and back, that it stays at where you were up to previously in the article. That update was seriously fast, many kudos to the developers!

Chen Cheryl

Loved it Great app for learning and understanding japanese. They also have a list of new words with their meanings listed at the end of the news. Would be even better if they provide the meanings of those new words in english too.

Ryan Renard

Very nice!! Only thing I wish was if the Kanji is used more than once in the article, the first would have the furigana and then the rest did not (it makes it so your brain has to remember the Kanji rather than instantly looking at the furigana!). Otherwise, thank you for this sort of app. Perfect for a person studying Japanese!

Syifa Haunan

This app worths 5 stars It really helped me fulfill my reading practice targets and the easier vocabs helps me understand the context better rather than just reading the kana and kanji. The audio news is really helpful, too! Just love this app so much.

Rick Harris

Great app but constantly crashing. Often freezes entire device for several minutes, not responding to any input, not even responding to the power button until the app finally closes. I have never seen any other app crash this badly.

Komal Malhotra

Need help! Hi Team, I use the full version of NHK Easy japanese & it is amazing. I have a question. Is there any limit to the number of news articles we can download in our phone?? Hi Team, I have just now purchased the full version. Although my phone shows I have the upgraded version, I cant see any news. A blank screen is coming. Please suggest. Thanks in advance!

Amanda Lawrence

Wanted to buy the full version but... The full version says my country isn't allowed? That doesn't make any sense since I have this version with no problems. Hope this is fixed so I can buy

Trevor Travis

Really great! I like the set-up, it's easy to pick an article and easy to learn from. Fantastic.

Eric Beauchamp

Worth the money. A useful daily read that will keep you informed and learning every day. The website is great but having this app on the go is just the kind of app I have been looking for.

Patricia Toh

Great app for easy reader I love how they have the hiragana at the top of each kanji. However, it would be even better if the audio can be adjusted to the listener's favorable speed as it takes sometime for me to digest the word and pronouciation. Nonetheless, I would recommend this app if anyone would like to practice their Japanese reading. I would definitely get the full version only if the audio's speed can be adjust favorably by the user. :)

Aloysius Yacobus Slamet

Error I can't see anything. It always crashes now and then. I bought the full version. Now my screen is just white. Please fix this.

Ian Daebisaki

Good app but it keeps scrolling back up to the top of the page every time I look up a word or switch between apps. Would be nice if it would just keep its place.

Ralph Beam

Nice to read I'm trying to improve my hiriagana and katakana sight reading and this app is good for it.

Annwfn Campsky

I like the app. I've been wanting to practice reading Japanese but I couldn't find any books or anything but Im glad I was able to find this app. I can practice reading now and I can also learn about what's happening in Japan. The only thing about the app is that it keeps popping up a message saying that its not responding but after I click ok its good.

Rafael Hernandez

Great app I would like if the text is highlighted as it speaks. Like in a karaoke. Also in another line to be in English too. Then I will give u 5 stars. Thank u

Ben Hamula

Informative Good for a quick read and view into Japanese life, culture, and goings-on

Steve Smith

really useful app for intermediate level japanese language student with goal of reading japanese language newsppers.

Darran Gould

hard work but worth it put in the effort and it's great

Max Lackett

素晴らしい This helps my kanji reading tremendously.

Oscar Ramirez

Great resource I'm using this app to practice reading. Having clear audio for each article is a blessing. Definitely worth the money.

Abi Soffer

Crashes often. Otherwise useful

Henry Salazar

great app! mac Version? i love the APP. its awesome to get informed and use kanjis. but is there a mac Version? my wife would like to have a similiar APP for her iPhone but cant find any.

Abdul Ghaffar

Excellent I really like it.

Marcos González

Amazing app It only needs to incorporate a dictionary or an English transcription to be perfect!! Doumo arigatou

Using Lin

It can become better It will become better to show a floating window with explaination when we focus underline word.

Keonalani Hansen

Love it This app is amazing, especially since there is an audio that reads the articles and furigana

Hsueh-Li WANG

Great tool for N3 - N4 level learners! Super easy to comprehend the content, which uses simple phrases and grammar structures.

marissa tanuwijaya

Great apps Very powerful for those who are leaning Japanese.

Victoria Greyjoy

An easy and really useful way to practice reading.

Dinh Hanh

Useful app It is better if i can read it offline

maja pys

awsome extreamly usefull

Robert Burney

An excellent and extremely useful app!

Jason Alsip

Good app, kanji has issues I believe this is due to a long-standing font fallback issue with CJK characters. It is defaulting to Chinese characters, which most of the time is OK but there are some kanji it doesn't display properly unless the device's system language is set to Japanese. I've seen other apps display Japanese correctly so I'm sure there's a way.

Counter Kazan

Good Being able to change the narration speed would be a useful feature.

Caroline Chai

Two thumbs up!

Peter Wong

Problem with scrolling down Crash whenever scrolling down……

Brook West

Awesome Furigana, easy Japanese, and more difficult words defined (in Japanese). In addition the app will read articles out loud. Superb app for study.

Abi Soffer

Very useful for learning Japanese particularly in a news context. Sometimes crashed. Also, when downloading new stories and then scrolling to the next screen, some recently downloaded stories may be lost. Can be avoided by pulling the screen down to update the app stadia before scrolling down. I suggest giving English rather than Japanese translation of new words. Also, for those needing reaging glazes, font size larger than 30 would be a great improvement.

Steven Silbert

Great practice Good prep for reading newspapers. Also a convenient way to build vocab. Length and level make it easy for quick study for when your out and about.

Ananya Nandakumar

A very useful app.. Helps in keeping up the vocabulary, grammar, kanji and kikitori..

Роман Александров

Fabulous! Immensely useful, thank you very much

Evan Kelley

Fantastic Articles are short enough not to be overwhelming, and are enjoyable. The audio is a great addition, as well the furigana and listed definitions for tougher words. I highly recommend this app for Japanese language learners.

Ratih Susanty

Very useful Awesome way to learn Japanese!


Very useful! Short texts which is good on the go. I just wish we could select the audio speed like on the original site.

Walker P

Level Up your Nihongo This is amazingly convenient and helpful for my reading comprehension. You rock NHK!

Harpreet Sayan

It's a Very helpful for Japanese learning.

tata tayank

very usefull i've been looking for this kind of app for long time. This app is very usefull for learning kanji and kana.

Dana C

Short current events studying Sometimes the app shuts down on its own, but overall it's good for studying.


Fantastic Great app. Would still like to see an option to change the TTS speed if possible though.

Jason Cheek

Really helpful for when you're trying to cross that intermediate threshold when the basic lessons are too simple but reading books is still too challenging.

Rienda Rizky

Lovin' it This app is extremely helpful for me in learning Japanese. It has helped improve my ability, especially my grammar, listening, and reading. So glad to know that this kind of app exists to help me ... :D

Frank Chen

Very useful,thanks.

Chew Yx

Educational For those trying to improve reading comprehension, this is definitely a must

Eddy Mcvarish

Very useful! Great app! I would suggest as a possible feature to make it easier to go to the definitions and back to the article (maybe in a manner similar to how Wikipedia handles citations?)

Hung Phan Viet

I love it It is actually a good way to beat Japanese!

Zhuo Liang

Great help with my JLPT revision! Amazing app that provides both furigana and audio support. Excellent for reading and listening exercises ?

Prothy Ho

Very good App.


Useful for learning new words I like it very much

Léo Vital

Very useful Extremely useful app for anyone who wants to pratice reading japanese. Highly recommended!

Rick Harris

Great app At first it often froze entire device for several minutes, not responding to any input, not even responding to the power button until the app finally closes. I have never seen any other app crash this badly *** edit *** added a star because it stopped freezing

Phil Jones

Very nice idea for an app For me grammar is the hardest obstacle in learning Japanese - but Kanji are also problematic of course. This app allows me to practice without getting lost in the absence of furigana. Would it be possible to add the option to change the speed of the speaker's voice?

bryon bos

It's really good reading practice I've been looking for something to practice my reading with. Before I was just attempting to read raw manga, but this much better fit that need keeping things relatively simple and furigana over all the kanji is a great help.

Sreehari Jayakumar

Super easy All you need is a dictionary, this app and some basic knowledge of Japanese grammar you can master Japanese grammar and vocabulary pretty quickly. NHK makes the best free Japanese learning materials on play store.

Fayet Turitto

Very useful! Only slight issues Sometimes when listening the app freezes and won't do anything, so I have to restart it, but other than that this is one of the best tools I've found for learning, practicing, and staying informed. Very practical!

Julius Bennett

Awesome app for reading I use this app mainly to practice reading in Japanese and either summarizing or translating what I read. My secondary goal is to expand the words and or Kanji I know. Because of the self translating practice I don't mind that you can't direct translate in app. Being able to turn furigana on and off as well as being able to copy and paste Kanji /words makes reading and translating so much faster that working with the physical copy. It's perfect for me.

Glenn Palaia

Great Way to Practice Japanese I've been studying Japanese for about a year little by little. I'm about halfway through Genki I and can make out these articles ok with some help from a dictionary. The kanji includes furigana which helps immensely. The articles also have computer generated audio which sounds pretty good, actually, so you can practice your listening as well.

Oka Mahendra

easy and insightfull Only lacks option to direct translate to other language using google translate. it is not convenient if i need to switch between apps to see the translation. make this happen, and 5 stars will be rewarded :)

Kate King

Very helpful! Love using this app. It's so helpful or improving vocabulary, as well as listening and reading skills.

Zachary Rodriguez

Simple and stable Reliable app that has what I need, a way to reinforce Kanji I know. Would be nice to have a Japanese-English dictionary integrated though. If it does, I've yet to find it.

Abdul Ghaffar

Excellent I really like it. Use it every day. Yes the rate it message comes very often.

Joao Mello

Good listening and review Very good for begginers to train listening and it is awesome for translation as it allows us to copy the text into our translation tools.

Roongmanee Yamroong

Great for Japanese language Learning l love this app but it would be nice if there's a speed changing feature

Chris O'Dell

Really helpful! I try to read a few articles every day to help practice my Japanese reading.

Beverley Jominit

Daily dosage of News in Japanese for learners My go to app for news in Japanese. ?


Great intro! Perfect for intermediate Japanese learners to improve their reading skills!

Informative, useful. For me it is a good way to learn Japanese

Io Ио

Practical and thorough way to study. Love it!

James Fudacz

Fun and easy to read!

Oanh Kieu

Very helpful

Natalia Natha

Outstanding app Not only is this an excellent tool to practice Japanese and find out about interesting event that have happened around the world, but they reply to any problems posted here within MINUTES. I am truly satisfied with their support team and I am considering getting the full version. Thanks for everything!

Turksemployee ShinRa

Great learning app This seems to be a great resource for any Japanese learner :)

Christian Laforte

Would have been five stars It worked great, looked like it was going to be a fantastic tool for learning, so I didn't hesitate to pay to unlock and get rid of the advertisements. It worked fine for one evening. Since then, it has never worked - always crashes when trying to open any of the news article. Please fix ASAP!

A Rajabi

Needs to develop 1- If simultaneously with voice, the relevant text be highlighted and the screen be focused on highlighted text and moved to forward...)it will be wonderful. 2-please Include a link or ability to translator when selecting the word or sentence to translate them from Japanese to our native language. For example, link to Google Translate. (or built in app translator) 3- for more and deep learning the "Japanese kanji" :with double tab on kanji, be linked to other background app or site or built-in ability for study to how to writing that kanji and more... Thank you for what you did and what you can do.

great application for child or JPN learner

Yara Carrilho

Beginner to intermediate Great app for those who are already past Minna no Nihongo I and going through the second book! Really nice to read daily and memorize old and new words better, including some Kanji, and getting used to how Japanese is used in texts and spoken language instead of the broken down structures you get on Minna no Nihongo. That said, it fulfills the expectations for a decent free app. Not sure though if it is worth paying to get the furigana out.

Cherry Zhang

Amazing! I have never rated an app before, but yours was so useful and good that I had to. I love the fact that there is furigana above the kanji. I also like how there is a play button with the speaker speaking slowly enough to understand each word in an article. There are some simple enhancements that could be made though: your app can utilize the Google translate API and if the user clicks on a word, there can be a pop-up dialog that translates the Japanese word into the user's language.

Jicheng Xia

Great tool Bump into this tool when searching Japanese learning app. Pretty well designed. Extremely helpful for beginners to practice newly least words, grammar, and general reading. Plus, get to know the latest in japan! Keep it up!!!

Sharoun Khan

I wish if I can make a favourite list Because there are new articles every day, it's difficult to find the old one, or I may like a particular article which I wish to view later, so I would be nice I can make a list to them

Eduardo Vallejo

Awesome Very nice app for learn japanse. even though when you dont understand all the content it helps cause you get used how the japanese sounds on a daily basis.

alyaa aly

I am still a beginner so it's so hard to me to use this app at my level now .. but it's really interesting .. I wish that day which I will be good enough to start learning and improving through your app in would come ...

Peter Wong

Problem with scrolling down, problem solved! Crash whenever scrolling down…… and the problem is solved quickly. Excellent app and excellent support~

Mayeul Rathelot

Simple, easy to use and clear Good way, to improve Japanese everyday with not too long articles but still a few new words to discover every time about different subjects. I can only recommend it.

Shari Patel

Very useful Very good reading practice, but the audio can be choppy and difficult to understand.

Kendelle H

Great app The furigana are great for helping to recognise kanji and the definitions in Japanese for certain words are really interesting to read. Having relevant stories from real news makes you feel accomplished when you finish it!

Muhammad Ali

It works fine I had been reading these mainstream news articles to practice reading Japanese for the JLPT. I'm so glad they have an app. It is working great on my Samsung note 2

Ross Sharrott

Download always crashes Cannot listen offline after paying for the unlock. Always crashes when trying to download a story.

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