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‘Get something that’s fun to play, then think about the story’: how Nintendo keeps levelling up
With 100m sales of its Switch console, a new Mario movie and even a California theme park, the Japanese tech giant is riding high again. What’s its secret?

Keza MacDonald

04, Feb, 2023 @11:55 AM

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Japanese backpacker using scooter to travel 3,000km from Melbourne to Cairns
Uni, 23, is determined to complete the trip from south to north on his foot-powered scooter – and regional Australia has welcomed him with open arms

Caitlin Cassidy; translation by Yuji Shimada

01, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Former halfpipe world champion Kyle Smaine killed in avalanche at age of 31
Kyle Smaine, a former halfpipe world champion skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, his family have confirmed

Guardian sport

30, Jan, 2023 @2:28 PM

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Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night review – dungeon-crawler drama
The latest outing from the multimedia franchise finds its heroes still trapped inside an RPG, where they learn lessons about cooperation

Phil Hoad

30, Jan, 2023 @1:00 PM

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Old world – Inside the 27 January Guardian Weekly
A demographic timebomb for the planet. Plus: Why Jacinda Ardern quit politics

Graham Snowdon

25, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Japan and North Korea sound warning as deadly cold snap sweeps across Asia
Extreme weather kills at least one person in Japan and more than 100 in Afghanistan while parts of China hit record low temperatures

Helen Davidson in Taipei and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

25, Jan, 2023 @6:15 AM

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Campaigners criticise Japan firm selling whale meat from vending machines
Kyodo Senpaku opened ‘stores’ at two locations in Tokyo after successful trial

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

24, Jan, 2023 @1:57 PM

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Japan PM’s solution to dire birthrate has already been rejected by young
Fumio Kishida says lifting the birthrate ‘cannot wait’ yet policies stick to scripts that have so far failed to address the country’s population crisis

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

24, Jan, 2023 @6:34 AM

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Japan PM aide told off by his ‘ashamed’ mother for putting hands in pockets on Biden trip
Social media users said Seiji Kihara had bad manners and ‘more attitude than the prime minister’ but it was his mother’s comments that struck home

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

23, Jan, 2023 @4:53 AM

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‘Not soulless blocks of rice’: the secret world of Japan’s robot sushi chefs
Cutting-edge technology is helping food chains reach the holy grail of flawless, contactless, low-budget dining

Justin McCurry in Osaka

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Ageing planet: the new demographic timebomb
India is about to overtake China as the most populous country – but as birthrates fall, we’re facing life in a greyer world. Are we prepared for the physical, political and financial challenges ahead?

Emma Graham-Harrison and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Fukushima: court upholds acquittals of three Tepco executives over disaster
High court in Japan agreed defendants could not have predicted the massive tsunami that crippled the power plant and triggered a nuclear meltdown

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

18, Jan, 2023 @6:40 AM

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