From the editor.
WHEN FOREIGN VISITORS FIRST arrive in Japan, there are plenty of things that take them by surprise. After a little time in the country--and a little analysis--some of those oddities seem considerably less strange. But pachinko pa·chin·ko
A Japanese gambling game played on a vertical pinball machine.
Noun 1. , its culture and its capacity to create obsessions, has always remained firmly locked in the land of mystery. Why do people spend so much time watching a repetitive motion? Where does the money go? Why do the cops turn a blind eye?
In this issue of J@pan Inc we finally unveil this secretive industry and explore some of the other ways that the Japanese feed their insatiable appetite for gambling.
But we also discover that pachinko does not hold the monopoly on obsessive behavior. Bandai, the toy company that brought the world Gundam, Tamagotchi Tamagotchi
[Japanese; cute little egg] space-age cyberpet; a solely electronic state; indigenous to Japan, appearing as an egg on a liquid-crystal screen. Life history, consisting of hatching, feeding, beeping when not fed, sleeping in 12 hour snatches, growing, dying and Power Rangers This article lists fictional characters from the Power Rangers universe who have served as Power Rangers. Unlike the List of Power Rangers characters, which lists serving Power Rangers alphabetically alongside other characters from the same fictional universe, this article lists only , has a history of creating kiddy crazes and mile-long lines. In an exclusive interview with the company's president, we get an inside view of what the company has in store--and in the stores--for all of us this Christmas.
For toyshops, December is a matter of life and death
"Matter of Life and Death" was the second episode of the first series of . , but if you share our view that it is probably a little early in the year to be thinking seriously about Christmas, consider this: If your body has to suffer through the steamy Tokyo summer, at least your mind can spend a little while dreaming of a white Christmas A white Christmas, to most people in the Northern Hemisphere, refers to snowy weather on Christmas Day. This phenomenon is far more common in some countries than in others. on a cold winter's night.