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, 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
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