Laurence: Pokémon Go Unlikely to Boost ‘Cool Japan’ Economy (The Diplomat)

pokemonDespite breaking records since its release in early July, Nintendo’s new online augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, is not likely to have any wider positive impact on Japan’s creative economy, according to Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies Henry Laurence.

Writing in The Diplomat, Laurence said that while the hugely popular game, in which players track down virtual Pokémon characters in real locations, is undoubtedly a boost for Nintendo, it’s unlikely to have any wider impact, due to “the absence of major structural reforms” in Japan. Read Henry Laurence in The Diplomat.

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