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Shūkanshi (週刊誌?) is a Japanese term for any weekly magazine, including controversial weekly tabloid newspapers.

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.[1]: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.[1]:170 Shūkan Shinchō was found guilty of libel in Tokyo court for publishing an unsubstantiated allegation of murder by a Sōka Gakkai member,[2] and been criticized for sensationalistic stories regarding a disputed Paleolithic settlement site in Japan,[3] and publishing salacious rumors around the sexual affairs of baseball star Ichiro Suzuki.[4] These tabloids also exposed the names of the suspected murderers of Ryota Umerma and Tomoko Mori.[5]

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  1. ^ a b A Public Betrayed: The Power of Japan's Scandal-Breaking Weeklies, Adam Gamble and Takesato Watanabe. 2004. Regnery Publishing
  2. ^ "Overview of Case". Archived from the original on 2007-08-05. 
  3. ^ Article, Paleolithic Site in Japan
  4. ^ Article, Ichiro Suzuki[dead link]
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