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    Prices for downloading and using Kyodo News Photos are based on several factors.   One of these is the type of media in which they are to be used.   Examples of these are newspaper, magazine, book publisher and so on.   Within these categories other factors include circulation (for newspapers and magazines), size of image use (front cover, two-page spread, etc.).   For book publishers the scope (domestic, North America, international) of licensing rights is taken into account, while for display on Internet sites the duration of exhibition is of importance.   Although we suggest you get in touch with your Kyodo News Picture representative (click on "Contact Us") for rates appropriate to your usage, the following schedules will provide some guidelines.


Kyodo News Pictures are licensed for non-exclusive ONE-TIME editorial use only to newspapers, magazines and trade publications.

Circulation Fee Per Photo (US$)
  Above 2.5m $250.00  
  1m to 2.5m $200.00  
  500,000 to 999,999 $150.00  
  250,000 to 499,999 $125.00  
  100,000 to 249,999 $75.00  
  50,000 to 99,999 $60.00  
  25,000 to 49,999 $50.00  
  24,999 and below $30.00  

Magazines and Trade Publications
Circulation 1/4 Pg
1/2 Pg
Full Pg
Double Pg
Cover *
Above 1m $250.00 $375.00 $750.00 $1250.00 $2500.00
500,000 to 999,999 $225.00 $325.00 $550.00 $1000.00 $2000.00
250,000 to 499,999 $200.00 $250.00 $500.00 $750.00 $1500.00
249,999 and below $150.00 $175.00 $350.00 $600.00 $1200.00
*  "Cover" refers to the position of usage of the Provider's photo, but not to usage of a Provider's cover photo in a non-cover position.

Television and Broadcasting Companies
Exposure Fee per Unit (US$)
  National $325.00  
  International $375.00  

Online Publications / Online Service
Time Frame Fee per Unit (US$)
  Up to 90 Days $75.00  

Books / Encyclopedias
Fee per Unit (US$) Cover (US$)
$250.00   $750.00  

If the image you are looking for cannot be found in our database, e.g. historical photos, we can have our Tokyo head office search it in our file photos. In which case, a nominal research fee will be applied as followed.

Research fee: Kyodo's research fees vary according to the work involved. If a fee is due, we will notify you before the research is done. If your research request requires us to receive images from our headquarters in Japan or through agencies in other countries, the below rates applies.

$30 per image found and transmitted. For example:

Three images are found and transmitted = $90 ($30x3)

If your intended usage is not addressed, please ask for special pricing.

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