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Magazines are important places for publication of investigative journalism, analysis by professional commentators (hyoronka), and articles for a general audience by academics. The two main types with war-related content are weekly magazines (usually around A4 size) and monthly opinion magazines that look like books printed on low-grade paper.

For general industry data, see Magazine Data

Monthly magazines on the conservative to nationalist side of Japanese war debates include Bungei Shunju, Chuo Koron, Seiron, and Will. On the progressive side are Sekai and Ronza (which is now fully online).

Weekly magazines are often affiliated with the above monthly magazines or to the daily newspapers. The magazine Shukan Kinyobi (Friday) is a liberal weekly known for investigative journalism on historical issues.

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