Since 1956 February, “Weekly Shincho” has been a representative of Shincho sha Inc. Basically, the weekly magazine is on sale every Thursday. Japan Magazine Publishers Association says that its circulation was about 540,000. (2015 April to 2015 June)
Weekly Shincho August 6, 2015
It is supposed “Weekly Shincho” is still taking on importance so much around political circles, showbiz, industries and the religious world. In 2013, Sata Genichiro resigned the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration of the House of Representatives because “Weekly Shincho” reported about his hiring prostitutes.
By their contents, they are supposed to belong to conservatives. As explained above, however, conservative parties could be exposed to censure in front of “Weekly Shincho.” It means they are going their unique conservative way.
Above all, it is very popular they have hostile relations with a religious group “Soka Gakkai.” The ex-devotees made a civil action in 1996, saying they were raped by Ikeda Taisaku, the third president. “Weekly Shincho” published notes of the ex-believers and brought up the origin of the affair. Mysteriously, the affair was not on-aired by any Japanese TV media like Nippon Television, TBS, Fuji Television, and Asahi National Broadcasting.
Weekly Shincho August 20, 2015
On the other hand, a lot of people filed suits with the court against “Weekly Shincho.” For example, they have reported a man caused a shooting incident at a supermarket in Hachioji (unclosed). He was considered as unconnected and sued for defamation of character. “Weekly Shincho” has something that is a weekly magazine.