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Apple would rather you not blow up teen couples on your iPhone, asks developer to edit video game

Casey Baseel

In a lot of ways, digital distribution of video games is a great thing, as it allows developers to easily add new content to a title after its release. It’s a double-edged sword, though, and that same streamlined pathway from programmer to player can also be used to quickly make changes that take things away.

A few weeks ago, we took a look at a smartphone game whose lonely, jaded protagonist and his mystical, jaded companion use their powers to make affectionate couples meet with a host of calamities, including straight blowing them up. Apple, however, is not cool with this sort of vengeful fantasy, and so the iOS version of the game is being toned down and given a new name since the original title, Explode, Real Types! no longer describes the game’s contents.


5.3 million

Units of Toyota’s iconic Crown luxury sedan that have been sold since the model’s introduction 60 years ago


Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea in 2014-a record


Percentage of government subsidies allocated for March 11 disaster reconstruction that have been used as planned

      Officials at the justice ministry say that, for the first time in more than two decades, the number of foreign residents who overstay their visas is rising.

   The officials say about 41,000 foreigners are currently violating their visa status, which is still way down from the peak of 299,000 in 1993.

   A tourism promotion group in Asakusa held a drill designed to help visitors from abroad deal with being “far from home during a disaster.” About 700 people took part.

   Authorities at the environment ministry have banned exports of Asian brown pond turtles. They say the critters from Okinawa are being threatened by overhunting.

Who Need’s Their Health?

   When They Can Have More Radiation

  What’s In A Name?

  Not Samsung

Freedom Of The Press In Japan

 An Oxymoron

LDP panel summons media bosses over news programs

By Linda Sieg

Japan’s ruling party is summoning officials from two major media organisations for questioning about news programs, an aide to a lawmaker said, the latest in what some experts say is a push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to quell criticism.

The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) information and telecommunications strategy panel will question officials from broadcaster TV Asahi and NHK public TV on Friday, an aide to lawmaker Jiro Kawasaki, who heads the committee, told Reuters.