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For people who have spent a shameful amount of time and money trying to win a cheesy prize with the crane toys in game arcades, here are some words of consolation from the Japan Crane Game Association: The game is not for suckers, and anyone can play it well if they learn the tricks.

Since March 2015, the association, based in Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, has been organizing get-togethers to share know-how on winning — and to accredit what it calls the “Crane Game Masters.”

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