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Video Games: A Winning Strategy for JapanHirabayashi Hisakazu

Japan’s video game producers have lost their former global lead. But in some respects the industry is doing fine. Japanese firms would do well to focus on role-playing games, a genre in which they excel.
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Smartphones Bring New Golden Age for Japan’s Games IndustryShin Kiyoshi

Smash-hit titles like Puzzle and Dragons and Monster Strike have made Japan’s mobile gaming market the largest in the world. Most of the games are free, but low-priced extras in the form of in-game purchases provide hefty profits for developers.
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Bound by the Web: Internet Addiction in JapanHashimoto Yoshiaki

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare estimates that as many as 518,000 junior high and high school students across the country may be addicted to the Internet. Using data from various surveys of social media use, Professor Hashimoto Yoshiaki of the University of Tokyo examines the background to Internet addiction and looks at what can be done about it.
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