Shūkan Gendai

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Shūkan Gendai (週刊現代 Modern Weekly?) is a general-interest weekly magazine published in Japan.

History and profile[edit]

Shūkan Gendai was started in 1959.[1] The magazine is published by Kodansha,[2] the largest publishing house in Japan, which covers entertainment news as well as hard news such as interviews with the Prime Minister of Japan and other VIPs in the political and financial world. It also contains essays and opinions by well-known authors in serial form. In its photo section, it runs news photos in both black and white and in color.

The magazine competes primarily with three other weekly magazines: Shūkan Bunshun, Shūkan Shincho and Shūkan Post.

Although the magazine is aimed primarily for businessmen in their 40s ~ 60s, recently the female readership is increasing, showing that 30% of the readership is now female as opposed to 10% in the past.

As far as the editorial stance is concerned about nuclear power, Shūkan Gendai is well known for its anti-nuclear power stance including opposing the restarting nuclear power stations. In November 2012 the magazine was verbally warned by the Japanese authorities due to the obscene photos of female genitalia published.[3]

In 2001 Shūkan Gendai had a circulation of 720,000 copies.[2]

List of manga[edit]


  1. ^ Brian Moeran (13 September 2013). A Japanese Advertising Agency: An Anthropology of Media and Markets. Routledge. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-136-79533-6. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Top 50 General Interest magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (PDF). Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tokyo police reprimand tabloids for carrying obscene photos of female genitalia". Japan Daily Press. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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