As noted by Watanabe and Gamble in the Japan Media Review, the genre is "often described as bizarre blends of various types of U.S. magazines, such as Newsweek, The New Yorker, People, Penthouse, and The National Enquirer.
Shūkanshi have published such accounts as an allegation of murder by a Sōka Gakkai member (which was the subject of a successful libel action against Shūkan Shinchō), a disputed Paleolithic settlement site in Japan, and the sexual exploits of baseball star Ichiro Suzuki.
- Libel action against Shukan Shincho for allegation of murder by Soka Gakkai member
- Article, Paleolithic Site in Japan
- Article, Ichiro Suzuki
- A Public Betrayed: The Power of Japan's Scandal-Breaking Weeklies, Adam Gamble and Takesato Watanabe. 2004. Regnery Publishing
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