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A local ordinance in Kagawa Prefecture asks gaming to be limited to an hour a day during the week and 90 minutes on holidays. Even though these are just guidelines, a 17-year-old is already crowdfunding a lawsuit to challenge this. “I thought it is wrong that an administrative body intervenes in family life,” he said.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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The very old people who’re pushing for this ordinance have also tried to speed up the process by collecting comments from the public, using an internet form that doesn’t register the voter’s email. Turns out that a whopping 80% was in favor of the ordinance.

Also turns out that a great deal of the in favor votes were carbon copies of one another, down to the same short messages (“I am in favor of this”), the same spacing and the same spelling mistakes.