FEATURE: Murder mystery games a hit in China but Japan missing the fun


In the quiet suburban streets of Kami-Ikebukuro in Tokyo stands a three-story house that looks no different from the rest. Inside, however, youths wearing historical Chinese costumes are absorbed in trying to solve a murder. Welcome to the world of murder mystery games, where players sit around a table with a notepad and a pen in hand, trying to reason their way through a carefully woven script to find the culprit sitting among them. Known as "jubensha" in Chinese -- literally "scripted murder" -- these elaborate role-playing games have taken China's youth by storm in recent years, with a cons...

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