Nintendo to allow same-sex marriage in latest ‘Fire Emblem’ game

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TOKYO —

The sword and spear-wielding warriors in the new instalment of Nintendo’s hit “Fire Emblem” series will be able to marry whomever they like, the Japanese game-maker has said.

The move comes after the board game-turned-console behemoth was forced to apologise for excluding same-sex relationships in an earlier game.

“Fire Emblem Fates”, which hit the Japanese market on Thursday, will roll out in the United States and Europe next year.

In a statement released this week, Kyoto-based Nintendo said the game, in which players advance through a fantasy world doing battle with other characters, will be inclusive.

“We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS… includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character,” it said.

“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.”

The development came after Nintendo America was forced to apologise last year when users complained that a life-simulation game, “Tomodachi Life”, did not allow same-sex marriage.

“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” a statement released in May last year said.

“We will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players,” it said.

While calls are also growing for Japan to legalise same-sex marriage, there is no specific legal protection for gay people and the issue is not widely debated among the public.

Tokyo’s Shibuya district council voted earlier this year to issue “partnership” certificates to gay couples, the first such recognition of same-sex unions in Japan.

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Fire Emblem if SPECIAL EDITION (special art book + TCG Fire Emblem 0 limited card included) [Amazon.co.jp limited] original mouse pad & B6 with sticker set

Nihon Gentei (Japan limited)

Typing “Nihon gentei” (日本限定) in the search function of Amazon.jp will show you a lot of products only destined for the Japanese market. Nihon gentei stands for  “japan limited”, will bring up products made by domestic makers for the Japanese market or limited products by foreign makers for the Japanese consumers. Check out what we found, and/or conduct your own search by copying and pasting the Japanese characters in any search engine.

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umi no toriton sound track on vinyl
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Luminox 3051BlackOut Japan limited
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Japan limited official One Direction cosmetics pouch
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[Amazon.co.jp limited] Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition ready to reserve
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Zippo NO200 Harley-Davidson, model black HDP-18
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Asia live in San Francisco 2012- original Axis 30th anniversary`2012 tour
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Only for the Japanese market; RivitaLash, eyelash revitalizer
Tokyo Xanadu Limited BOX (soundtrack + Book + original rubber strap included)
Tokyo Xanadu Limited BOX (soundtrack + Book + original rubber strap included)
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portrait-in-darts Phil “The Power” Taylor Japan Limited Edition DVD

Baby-G Chopper limited edition

Found on Amazon Japan this rare Baby-G Chopper limited edition.

Only 2000 were sold in Japan and you can find them on e-bay for around $180,- or more.

This one costs 16,000 yen which is at the present exchange rate similar or sometimes (depending on valuta) then the 13,000 yen price when it was released back in 2014.

The price including our commision (10%) is 17,600 yen or $142,-

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Full trailer for ‘Boruto –Naruto the Movie-‘ hints at difficulties of raising a ninja son –

TOKYO —

It’s shaping up to be an exciting summer at the theaters for anime fans. This week brings the second “Attack on Titan” animated feature, and in July we’ll be seeing the latest project from “Summer Wars” director Mamoru Hosoda.

In August, though, the big anime event is the premiere of “Boruto –Naruto the Movie-,” featuring the newest generation of ninjas in manga creator Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” franchise. But many kids fight with their parents while growing up, and it doesn’t look like “shinobi” families are any exception, as the film’s first full trailer shows that new protagonist Boruto doesn’t exactly get along with his famous father.

Toho showed off a short teaser for “Boruto” back in April, but this week the distributor has released a regular trailer for the film. Thanks to Bolt’s few snippets of coarse dialogue in the teaser, we already had a hunch that he might not hold Naruto in the same lofty regard as the ramen-loving ninja master’s legions of adoring fans, but the preview shows their relationship is even more strained than we’d imagined.

The film opens with the title of Hokage, the highest rank among the ninja, having been bestowed on Naruto. It’s not a hereditary positon, though, so there’s no guarantee that it will ever passed on to Boruto. That seems just fine by the kid, though, who angrily declares to his dad, “I don’t want to be Hokage, and I’d have been better off without a parent like you!”

But hey, if Boruto isn’t interested, Sarada, son of Naruto’s rival Sasuke, sure is. “Stupid Bolt,” she announces, “the next Hokage is going to be me.”

But while Sarada is gunning for Naruto’s job, Boruto is turning to Sasuke for help. The trailer shows him begging the older shinobi to make him his disciple so that he can become strong enough to defeat his father.

Sasuke agrees to the request, though he doesn’t seem to harbor anywhere near the anger and resentment against Naruto that the Hokage’s own son has for him. On the contrary, he chides Boruto for being less capable and intelligent than his father, even while taking him under his wing.

Good-natured Naruto doesn’t look to be turning his back on Boruto, either, given some of the tender scenes the two seem to share.

Don’t worry, though, it looks like it’s not just parenting techniques that Naruto will get to show off, but his ninja ones as well, as the trailer also makes references to a crises threatening the village.

“Boruto – Naruto the Move-” opens in theaters across Japan on August 7.

Source: Jin

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Japan holds toilet design contest

Japan is holding its first ever toilet design contest, with organisers looking for “most comfortable”, “cheapest for the developing world” and “safest for women”.

In a bid to find the nation’s loveliest lavatories, a government panel is seeking applications that prove designers are thinking big about the littlest room.

The initiative comes as Tokyo appears to have grasped the soft-power potential of the country’s high-tech toilets, whose seat warmers and pinpoint bidet jets amaze foreign visitors.

“I hope efforts to make the world’s best restrooms in Japan will spread broadly,” Haruko Arimura, minister in charge of women’s empowerment—who is overseeing the project—said in a recent press conference.

“It is part of our efforts with hospitality for the (2020 Tokyo) Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Arimura said.

A 145-page report on improving quality of life says the drive towards better toilets will “empower women” because by “improving comfort, cleanliness and safety, the quality of work and leisure can improve dramatically”.

The report said restrooms are places where women want to feel secure enough to get changed, brush their teeth, do their make-up, and change their baby’s diapers.

It also noted that toilets are not universally available in some developing nations, and that poorly designed facilities in some places can put users—particularly women—at risk of violence or kidnapping.

As well as looking for ideas on how to make environmentally friendly toilets for use in natural disasters, the competition is asking for ideas on how to make toilets easier for “foreigners and physically disabled people”.

A leaflet produced by organisers suggests, for example, that including easy-to-understand pictograms might help non-Japanese people with exactly how to use a toilet.

The flier does not specify which part of using a toilet foreigners might have trouble with.

The competition will be judged by a panel of seven, including architects and an official from the Japan Toilet Association, using five criteria—cleanliness, safety, comfort, novelty/creativity, and sustainability.

Applicants have until the end of the month to submit their designs. Minister Arimura will announce the winners in September.

Toilets in Japan have been raised to something of an art.

Nearly every household and most public restrooms are equipped with a seat that is plugged into the mains electricity.

The bog-standard version simply warms the seat—an under-appreciated luxury among the uninitiated—while top-of-the-range models offer an array of options, including warm water jets, blow-dryers, deodorisers and masking sounds.

Young foreign visitors rave about them, filling social media with pictures of the loos they find in Japan, while a bidet seat to take home is among the first items on Chinese tourists’ shopping lists.

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