As noted by Watanabe and Gamble in the Japan Media Review and in their book A Public Betrayed, 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.:71
Shūkanshi have been a source of alleged anti-semitism articles in Japan, including Shukan Bunshun, Marco Polo, and Shūkan Shinchō, which have repeatedly published articles denying the German holocaust of European Jews.:170 Shūkan Shinchō was found guilty of libel in Tokyo court for publishing an unsubstantiated allegation of murder by a Sōka Gakkai member, and been criticized for sensationalistic stories regarding a disputed Paleolithic settlement site in Japan, and publishing salacious rumors around the sexual affairs of baseball star Ichiro Suzuki. These tabloids also exposed the names of the suspected murderers of Ryota Umerma and Tomoko Mori.
- A Public Betrayed: The Power of Japan's Scandal-Breaking Weeklies, Adam Gamble and Takesato Watanabe. 2004. Regnery Publishing
- "Overview of Case". www.3justice.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-05.
- Article, Paleolithic Site in Japan
- Article, Ichiro Suzuki[dead link]
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