Tag - pokemon-go



Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Here's why Pokemon cards are becoming a target of burglaries in Japan
Rare cards can now be traded for more than ¥100 million, and shops carrying them have become the target of burglaries.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 19, 2023
Pokemon fan events level up Yokohama's 2023 world championships
Japan will finally host the iconic franchise’s premier esports competition — alongside a slate of stage shows, musical performances and Pikachu parades.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2023
Man arrested for alleged theft of Pokemon cards worth ¥1.15 million
The suspect told police that he responded to a Twitter post and stole the cards based on instructions from another person.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
Toy sales in Japan top ¥1 trillion for the first time, led by foreign tourists
Sales of card games, stuffed toys, model vehicles and other types of toys accounted for ¥952.5 billion in fiscal 2022, up 6.7% from a year earlier, according to the Japan Toy Association.
Japan Times
May 20, 2023
Pokemon Go creator Niantic suffers metaverse woes
Questions about the future of the "real-world metaverse” have been swirling around Niantic for years following a series of games that have underperformed.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
Use video games to learn Japanese and connect with your children
What are your kids talking about when they bring up Minecraft, Fortnite or Pokemon? Take an interest in their games and learn some new Japanese terms in the process.
Japan Times
Apr 18, 2023
New Monster Hunter mobile game supercharges Capcom shares
Monster Hunter Now represents a low-risk bet by Capcom to grab a share of the expanding global smartphone game market.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2023
Series of burglaries target pricey Pokemon cards in Tokyo
According to sources at Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department, Pokemon and other collectible cards were stolen from several stores in the Akihabara district.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2022
Nintendo breaks sales record with new Pokemon games on Switch
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet were released simultaneously on Nov. 18 and sold over 4 million units at home in Japan, also setting a new domestic record.
Japan Times
Jan 12, 2022
Sumo catches new audience with Pokemon collaboration
The Japan Sumo Association's tie-up with the world's biggest video game franchise could be a big step in attracting younger fans to the sport.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2021
Maxwell Powers: 'You have to be competent, yet invisible'
According to his bio, Maxwell Powers is the "voice guy in Tokyo." He explains a few of his roles and the perks of being widely heard.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2021
Nintendo teams up with Pokemon Go studio Niantic on AR apps
They will start by releasing a Pikmin app in 2021, based on the puzzle-solving series created by Nintendou2019s creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto in 2001.
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PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 17, 2021
Episode 86: Twenty-five years of Pokemon
Journalist Tom Bateman takes us through the 25 year history of Pokemon, and how it has become one of Japanu2019s most successful and recognizable exports.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2021
Man arrested for forging prized popsicle sticks to win Pokemon cards
A man was arrested Wednesday near Tokyo for allegedly forging and sending out dozens of special popsicle sticks to an ice cream manufacturer so they could be redeemed for popular Pokemon cards by the company.
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LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Mar 2, 2020
Knockout games with a twist
Nioh 2 has really demonic players; One Punch Man is late to the game, but in a good way; and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon ditches the trainers.
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LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Dec 2, 2019
Releases to keep the fans happy
The crowdfunded Shenmue III is finally out; Pokemon Sword and Shield top the charts; and Capcom brings its best merch to Shibuya's Parco
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2019
In Spanish town, Pokemon Go keeps senior citizens fit and staves off isolation
At first, when she retired from a lifelong career in nursing in her native Spain, Joanna Perez Osuna struggled with a lack of purpose. Then she found solace in a virtual world populated by "Pikachus," "Weedles" and "Smeargles."
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 13, 2019
Japan toughens penalties for smartphone use while driving amid rise in accidents
The government decided Friday to introduce tighter rules to crack down on smartphone use while driving, against a backdrop of a rising number of road accidents caused by inattentive drivers.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2019
Japan's popular Pokemon cards go Indonesian, with anime set to air as well
Pokemon Co. has launched Indonesian versions of its popular trading cards in the Southeast Asian country and plans to air its animated TV show there later this year.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2019
This summer, Pokemon get even cooler with themed ice creams and cakes
This summer, the Pokemon Co. and Baskin-Robbins are bringing fans a variety of cool Pokemon-themed sweets.


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