Fujin Gahō

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Fujin Gahō
CategoriesWomen's magazine
PublisherFujin Gaho co.
Total circulation
FounderDoppo Kunikida
Year founded1905
First issueJuly 1905
CompanyHearst Corporation

Fujin Gahō (婦人画報, meaning Illustrated Women’s Gazette in English) is a Japanese language monthly women's magazine in Japan. Founded in 1905, it is one of the oldest magazines in the country.

History and profile[edit]

Fujin Gahō was established in 1905.[1][2][3] The founder was a Japanese novelist Doppo Kunikida.[4] The first issue appeared in July 1905.[5] During World War II the magazine was temporarily closed down and in 1946 it was restarted.[6] The magazine was previously owned by a French media group, Hachette Filipacchi Médias.[7] The company acquired the publisher of the magazine, Fujin Gaho co., in 1998.[7]

The publisher is Fujin Gaho co., a Hearst Corporation subsidiary.[8] It is published on a monthly basis.[2][8] The magazine targets women over 40,[1] who are wealthy, leisured upper-class housewife[1] and who are married.[9] It covers high fashion trends from Japan and other countries.[10]

Tetsuzō Tanikawa is one of the former chief editors of Fujin Gahō.[11]

In 2012 the circulation of Fujin Gahō was 79,117 copies.[12]


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