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Shūkanshi (週刊誌, literally "Weekly Magazine") is a Japanese term for any weekly magazine, including politically provocative 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 anti-semitic articles in Japan, including Shukan Bunshun, Marco Polo, and Shukan Shincho, which have repeatedly published articles denying the Holocaust.[1]:170 Shukan Shincho was found guilty of libel in Tokyo court for publishing an unsubstantiated allegation of murder by a Soka Gakkai member,[2] and has been criticized for sensationalistic stories regarding a disputed Paleolithic settlement site in Japan.[3] The magazine has also been rebuked for publishing the names and photographs of minors who have been accused of criminal acts, even before their trials began.[4]

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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
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