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Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.


Emoji began as 176 primitive characters developed by telecommunications giant Docomo. They are now used all over the world as a fun way of enhancing electronic communication.

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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