Characters from the Super Mario Bros. franchise adorn the front of Super Potato, a well-known retro game shop in Akihabara.
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Sep 20, 2023
Let the gaming begin: A guide to Tokyo's video game landmarks
Whether it's arcades, retro finds or chip-tune nightclubs, Japan's capital won't disappoint gamers wanting to geek out.
For the first time since 2019, the Tokyo Game Show returns in full force.
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Sep 20, 2023
Your livestreaming guide to Tokyo Game Show 2023
Giants of Japanese gaming will be livestreaming their major presentations for anyone across Japan — or the globe — to follow.
Yuji Okawa normally posts videos of his dog and cat to his YouTube channel, which a recent hack led to cryptocurrency and other scam uploads appearing on his account.
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Sep 16, 2023
Japanese YouTubers are hackers' newest target
Google deleted some 6.48 million videos thought to be related to fraud or other criminal activity in the first three months of this year.
From hidden street art to this two-story-tall Pikachu balloon, Yokohama will be blanketed in Pokemon paraphernalia
through Aug. 14.
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Aug 10, 2023
Pokemon comes home for the 2023 world championships in Yokohama
For the first time in the Pokemon franchise’s history, its world championships get underway in Japan.
Crunchyroll, now owned by Sony Group Corp., is setting its sights on India as a major growth market.
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Jul 15, 2023
Former piracy site Crunchyroll cashes in on anime's global appeal
Crunchyroll expects the anime industry will have more than 800 million fans globally by 2025 outside markets in China and Japan.
Japan Times
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Jun 10, 2023
58% of Japan's illustrators and writers fearful of losing their jobs to AI
Japan"s creatives say something must be done before AI wipes out their jobs for good.
Japan Times
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Jun 3, 2023
Mute, unfollow, delete: Experts’ tips for mindful social media use
Don"t be afraid to change things up on your social media feeds — if only to see what effect the difference has on you.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku