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Shukan Shincho Magazine

Shukan Shincho
Sh?kan Shinch? first issue.jpg
Cover of the first issue of Sh?kan Shinch? (19 February 1956)
CategoriesNews magazine
Circulation537,596 (Oct. 2014 - Sept. 2015)
Year founded1956
First issue19 February 1956
Based inTokyo
WebsiteShukan Shincho

Shukan Shincho (?, Sh?kan Shinch?) is a Japanese conservative[1][2] weekly news magazine based in Tokyo, Japan. It is considered one of the most influential weekly magazines in the country.[2] It was the first Japanese weekly magazine founded by a publishing company which does not own a major newspaper.[3][4]

History and profile

Shukan Shincho was first published on 19 February 1956.[5] The cover of the first issue featured an illustration by Japanese artist Rokuro Taniuchi.[5][6] The magazine is part of Shinchosha, which also founded it.[5] It is published on a weekly basis.[5] Its headquarters are in Tokyo.[7]

Shukan Shincho is a general-news magazine, but it targets men.[2] As of 2017 Mark Schreiber, a contributing author of Japan Times, argued that the readers of the magazine are mostly older and retired Japanese men.[8] The major competitor of the magazine is Sh?kan Bunshun.[9]

The magazine has a nationalistic and conservative political stance.[2] The magazine never contains pornographic news and has a dignified layout, increasing its prestigious status in the Japanese society.[2] However, it is also described as a tabloid magazine by Mainichi Shimbun, a leading Japanese daily.[9] Shukan Shincho was found guilty of libel in a Tokyo court for publishing an unsubstantiated allegation of murder by a Soka Gakkai member.[10] The magazine was criticized in 2001 for sensationalistic stories regarding a disputed Paleolithic settlement site in Japan.[11] It has also been rebuked for publishing the names and photographs of minors who have been accused of criminal acts, even before their trials began.[7]

From October 2014 to September 2015 Shukan Shincho was the ninth-best selling magazine in Japan with a circulation of 537,596 copies.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Adam Gamble; Takesato Watanabe (1 July 2004). A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West. Regnery Pub. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-89526-046-8.
  3. ^ Sean Mooney (2000). 5,110 Days in Tokyo and Everything's Hunky-dory: The Marketer's Guide to Advertising in Japan. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-56720-361-5.
  4. ^ "History of Magazines in Japan: 1867-1988". Kanzaki. 7 July 1996. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Mark Schreiber (20 February 2016). "Deja vu as Shukan Shincho turns back the clock". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Vintage Cover Illustrations of Shukan Shincho by Rokuro Taniuchi". Spoon and Tamago. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Magazine IDs student suspect in Nagoya slaying, breaking legal taboo". The Japan Times. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Mark Schreiber (21 October 2017). "Magazines hold their own against TV's 'iron chefs'". Japan Times. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Tabloid magazine Shukan Shincho alleges rival 'stole' scoop from upcoming ad". Mainichi. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Overview of Case". Archived from the original on 5 August 2007.
  11. ^ Charles T. Keally (12 November 2001). "Can the "500,000-Year-Old Site" Really be Believed?". Japanese Archaeology. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "10 Most Printed Magazines in Japan, 2015". Hatena Blog. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.

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