NHK Easy News is a fantastic resource for Japanese middle school students and for foreigners who are studying Japanese. The news articles are interesting, updated regularly, and the Japanese is aimed at students of intermediate level.
All the kanji in every story has furigana. Which is good if you don’t know how to read that kanji, but really distracting if you do. When you’re learning new kanji you need to push yourself and only see that furigana if you really can’t remember.
Smart NHK News Reader adds Dependency’s Smart Kanji technology to a web browser allowing you to turn furigana on and off for individual kanji as you learn them.
Couple that with NHK’s relevant and interesting news articles. And a native speaker at intermediate level so you can read along and practise until you’re perfect.
Throw in a Japanese-Japanese dictionary for words you might not know, and you’ll not only improve your kanji reading, but you’ll improve your ability to think in Japanese as well.
NHK adds new articles every weekday.
Your reading history is saved, so you can easily return to a particular article and read it over and over until you master it.
The native speaker is clearly spoken and not too fast.
You decide which articles to read.
You say which kanji have furigana.
You control how hard you push yourself to learn new kanji.
Read interesting things. Learn the kanji. Think in Japanese.