Stephen Stapczynski

For Stephen Stapczynski's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

/ Aug 10, 2017

Sega embraces rogue fan programmers with retro Sonic sequel

Sega is doing what Nintendon't. Instead of shutting down programmers and artists making unlicensed Sonic the Hedgehog fan games, Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is giving them jobs. Ever since the speedy blue mammal debuted on the Sega Genesis in 1991, it's been the company's most ...

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

Jun 9, 2017

Mongolia and China envision giant power grids to light up Asia

The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo's Ginza district may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 km) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas. That's the idea behind plans in ...

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Apr 10, 2017

Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

Russia's Gazprom PJSC isn't confident in Japan's future as a growing natural gas user, which may damp prospects of a proposed pipeline between the countries as Premier Shinzo Abe travels to Moscow later this month. "The demand situation in Japan is not clear yet for ...

Hollywood is losing Japan box office to gender-bender tale 'Your Name.'

Mar 1, 2017

Hollywood is losing Japan box office to gender-bender tale 'Your Name.'

Move over, Hollywood — Japanese moviegoers are shopping local these days. While Walt Disney Co. claimed all five of the highest-grossing movies worldwide in 2016, the top spot in the world's fourth-largest box office was a body-swapping, gender-bending animated coming-of-age story, beating out "Captain America: ...

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

Feb 17, 2017

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

The latest robot attempting to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shape machine, built by Toshiba Corp., entered ...