When Pokémon GO launched last summer, fans were overjoyed at its astounding scale. 142 Pocket Monsters, who could be hiding literally anywhere? Simply amazing.
But the world's Pokémon Trainers quickly rose to the challenge, and before long some had completely filled up their Pokédexes by capturing or evolving each and every available species. But the mainline Pokémon video game and anime series have a 20-year head start on Pokémon GO, and developer Niantic is pulling from that legacy to restock the mobile game's pond with a new batch of Pocket Monsters to catch.
In typical fashion, the company is being secretive about when exactly the game's latest update will go into effect, but it has announced that sometime this week more than 80 Pokémon from the series' Gold and Silver arcs will be added to Pokémon GO. Originally found in the game world's Johto region, the new arrivals include Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, who join the previously announced Pichu and Togepi.
The Japanese government is planning to reduce penalties for those who plot serious crimes like terrorism but turn themselves in before actually committing them under a contentious anti-conspiracy bill it is preparing, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
Car-bicycle collisions accounted for about 40 pct of fatal traffic accidents in Japan last year in which passenger cars bumped into other vehicles as they encountered at intersections or other parts of the road, a National Police Agency survey has revealed. (Jiji)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday sought to deny allegations that he is linked to an Osaka-based ultranationalist kindergarten as the public outcry over the operator and its alleged efforts to indoctrinate children with xenophobia and pre-war militarism grows. (Japan Times)
Manhole covers are trending high in Japan and for good reason -- they're stunning! Only in Japan are manholes to cover sewage designed so beautifully that they now make MANHOLE TRADING CARDS! (ONLY in JAPAN)