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Shogakukan Considers Ending Weekly Young Sunday Mag

posted on by Egan Loo
Firm's PR emphasizes no final decision on home of 1-Pound Gospel, Kurosagi

The Mainichi Shimbun paper reported on Monday that the Japanese publisher Shogakukan is considering ending its Weekly Young Sunday magazine. The seinen magazine premiered in April of 1987 as a biweekly publication, but moved to a weekly schedule in November of 1995. In the past, it published Rumiko Takahashi's One-Pound Gospel, Hideo Yamamoto's Ichi the Killer, and Shuho Sato's Umizaru. It currently publishes Masami Yuuki's Birdy the Mighty, Takatoshi Yamada's Dr. Koto's Clinic, Kuromaru's Kurosagi, and other popular titles. According to Mainichi, Shogakukan's public relations staff confirmed that the magazine's fate is under review, but also emphasized that absolutely no final decision has been made.

The Japan Magazine Publishing Association reported that Young Sunday had a verified circulation of 202,541 copies in 2007. Two of its rivals, Kodansha's Young Magazine and Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump, had verified circulations of 981,229 and 967,250 during the same time.

Thank you to Kumi Kaoru for the news tip.

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