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Collaboration between Pokémon and Sumo at the January 2022 Grand Sumo Tournament!

From January 9th, 2022 to January 23rd, 2022, in cooperation with the Japan Sumo Association, The Pokémon Company will be holding a collaborative event at the January Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall that combines the appeal of Pokémon and sumo!

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An ornamental sumo apron (化粧まわし) with a Pokémon design will be on display! The Pikachu and Hariyama apron will be on display at the first floor entrance of Ryogoku Kokugikan.

Prize flags with designs of past Pokémon games packaging!

Prize flags featuring designs of past the Pokémon game packages and Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus will be displayed at the Ryogoku Kokugikan's first floor entrance and the second floor exhibition space! There will be no prize flags on display on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 (the last day of the Grand Sumo Tournament in January). High resolution images of the flags have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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More than 200 banners with Pokémon designs and special Gyoji costumes with Pokémon motifs!

More than 200 Pokémon banners will be flying in the ring every day! There will also be special Gyoji costumes designed with Pokémon motifs, so be sure to check them out!

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Sources: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2022/01/220107_e01.html and https://www.sumo.or.jp/Watching/guide/tokyo/room/609/#poke_kensho

AIRDO announced today that the Rokon Jet Hokkaido (ロコンジェット北海道), a specially painted AIRDO aircraft, will enter service on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, with the aim of stimulating tourism in Hokkaido, with which they have concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with The Pokémon Company. Pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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1. Outline of the Rokon Jet Hokkaido
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER (aircraft number: JA607A)
Service Routes: Tokyo (Haneda) - Sapporo (Shin-Chitose), Asahikawa, Hakodate, etc.
Routes and flight numbers will be announced on a special website the day before the flight date.
Service period: Starting Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 for approximately five years (tentative)

2. Background of the service
The Pokémon Company has concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Hokkaido, and is making various efforts to revitalize Hokkaido by using Alolan Rokon and Rokon.

3. Design Concept
AIRDO's Boeing 767 aircraft will be specially painted with an asymmetrical design of Rokon on the right side and the Alolan Rokon on the left side, together with AIRDO's corporate colors, AIRDO Yellow and AIRDO Blue, to add a colorful touch to air travel in Hokkaido. Please take note of the large design of the Rokons from the tip of the fuselage to the tail.

4. Airplane accessories, inflight services, and novelties
The headrest covers for the seats have Rokon characters relaxing on the left and right seats, and Rokon characters peeking into the center seat, creating a different view of the world for the left and right seats, just like the aircraft design. In the 37th row, two Rokons are showcased in the center seat, in reference to the Rokon's Pokémon identification number.

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During drink service, cabin attendants will wear original aprons and serve drinks in original paper cups.

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In addition, postcards and stickers will be available on board the flight only for the Rokon Jet, and will be handed out to passengers who wish to receive them.

5. Opening of a special website
A special website has been opened to showcase all the information about the Rokon Jet Hokkaido. The site includes a special movie, flight schedule for the next day, and a gallery corner with related photos. Please take a look at: https://www.airdo.jp/information/rokonjet-hokkaido

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Source: https://www.airdo.jp/information/rokonjet-hokkaido/

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The Pokémon Company announced that as part of the Pokémon Local Acts activities in Fukushima Prefecture, a park featuring Lucky, the Fukushima Support Pokémon, will be opened, and its name will be Lucky Park. The illustration is an image and may differ from the actual park.

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The park will have playground equipment designed mainly with Lucky in mind! It looks like a lot of fun! The parks will be located in Koriyama City, Namie Town, Yanaizu Town, and Showa Village in Fukushima Prefecture. The first park is scheduled to open at Roadside Station Namie in Namie Town in December 2021! The second and subsequent parks are scheduled to open in the spring of 2022.

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There are also plans for a tie in with Pokémon GO in the future!

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Today, Thursday, October 14th, 2021, the Lucky Park Donation Ceremony was held.

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Here comes Lucky! Lucky looks so happy!

Source: https://www.pokemon.jp/info/event/detail/20244.html

Universal Studios and The Pokémon Company have announced they have entered into a long-term partnership to develop new guest experiences.

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Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company - Press Release - OSAKA (October 6, 2021)

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN AND THE POKÉMON COMPANY ANNOUNCE CREATIVE ALLIANCE TO DEVELOP NEW INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT COMBINING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND EXTRAORDINARY CREATIVITY

THE REAL AND VIRTUAL WORLDS WILL COME TOGETHER CREATING A NEW REVOLUTIONARY THEME PARK EXPERIENCE

USJ LLC (headquarters: Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi / President and CEO: J.L. Bonnier) and The Pokémon Company (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo / President and CEO: Tsunekazu Ishihara) announced a new collaborative partnership between the two entertainment leaders. Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company will enter a long-term partnership to jointly explore groundbreaking entertainment that will immerse guests into the world of Pokémon with innovative technology and creativity beginning in 2022.

President and CEO of USJ LLC, J.L. Bonnier, and President and CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, both commented on the joint partnership as follows.
J.L. Bonnier (President and CEO, USJ LLC)

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Pokémon is beloved by fans around the world. We are honored to have a long-term partnership with The Pokémon Company while developing groundbreaking Pokémon entertainment at Universal Studios Japan for both Pokémon fans and our guests. The globally popular Pokémon characters combined with Universal’s innovative approach to creating authentic and one-of-a-kind theme park entertainment promise excitement for the entire family. Our efforts to develop new guest experiences will continue to help reinvigorate the tourism market.
Tsunekazu Ishihara (President and CEO, The Pokémon Company)

The incredible team at Universal Studios Japan have the creative vision and leading expertise in world-class theme park technology to imagine a uniquely Pokémon experience. For 25 years, Pokémon has curated a legacy of trendsetting innovation while becoming one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world through video games, animation, and more. This strategic alliance with Universal Studios Japan reflects our commitment to continue delivering the joy of Pokémon in ever evolving ways for years to come. We are looking forward to the day when we can welcome fans from around the world to all enjoy it together.

About Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan is wholly owned by Comcast NBCUniversal. Universal Studios Japan located in Osaka, Japan, has succeeded in establishing its position as a prominent entertainment and leisure landmark drawing many guests from distant areas in Japan as well as overseas. "Bringing You the Best of the World" - a theme park where its guests can have the world’s best experiences and create the world’s best memories, Universal Studios Japan offers world-class entertainment such as authentic attractions and shows, based not only on Hollywood blockbusters but also popular entertainment brands, and a variety of seasonal events entertaining its guests to the fullest. Universal Studios Japan has continued to evolve since its opening and has recently accelerated its growth with the launch of world-class entertainment experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Flying Dinosaur, Minion Park and SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, a new area where you can enjoy entertainment based on world-renowned Nintendo characters and their worlds.

COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of guests and team members will always be top priority at Universal Studios Japan. USJ has continuously engaged with the industry and various associations to establish and update the “Novel Coronavirus Spread Prevention Guidelines for Theme Parks and Amusement Parks.” Please check the official website (https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/service-guide/safety) for details.

About the Pokémon Company

Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 as a video game franchise and has grown to become one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world. The Pokémon Company was established in 1998 to manage all aspects of the Pokémon brand. Today, Pokémon delights millions of fans around the world with video games and mobile apps, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, animation, movies, events, merchandise, Pokémon Center retail experiences, and more.

Source: https://www.usj.co.jp/company/company_e/2021/1006.html

The Pokémon Company's 23rd Fiscal Year Financial announcement was revealed on May 31st, 2021. According to the Japanese government’s Official Gazette, The Pokémon Company financial performance for the fiscal year that ended on February 28th, 2021 are as follows:

Sales: 120 billion yen (USD $1.1 billion)
Gross Profit: 55.8 billion yen (USD $510 million)
Operating Profit: 27.8 billion yen (USD $254 million)
Net Profit: 18.6 billion yen (USD $170 million) - Up 21.2% year-on-year

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Sources: https://www.serkantoto.com/2021/05/31/pokemon-company-sales-profits/ and https://kanpo-kanpo.blog.jp/archives/35191864.html

Shipment Figures as of March 2021

The official corporate Pokémon Company website also updated their figures page with all the statistics current as of the end of March 2021. Over 3.7 billion TCG cards and 12 million games shipped between March 2020 and March 2021.

Video Games Total shipments of all Pokémon-related software: over 380 million units
Number of languages available, the Pokémon series: 9 languages
Trading Card Game Total production: over 34.1 billion cards
Number of languages to date: 13 languages
Number of areas sold in to date: 76 areas
Animated TV shows Number of areas aired in to date: 183 areas

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Source: https://corporate.pokemon.co.jp/en/aboutus/figures/

The Pokémon Company and several museums in Japan including the Mikasa City Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science have joined forces to create the Pokémon Fossil Museum (ポケモン化石博物館) exhibition! The exhibition will be held at the Mikasa City Museum in the summer of 2021, and then travel around Japan! The exhibition will be held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in the Spring of 2022! Press release pictures have been added to an Imageboard thread.

This exhibition was created by Daisuke Aiba (相場大佑) of the Mikasa City Museum, and the efforts of the museum, other museums, and The Pokémon Company. The theme of the exhibition is Fossils and Fossil Pokémon from the popular game series Pokémon and fossils and paleontology found in our world. While experiencing the basic scientific methods of observation and comparison, visitors can discover the shapes and ecology of these creatures, as well as the similarities and differences between fossil research in each world, and learn about paleontology while having fun.

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What is the Pokémon Fossil Museum?

Some of the mysterious Pokémon that appear in the popular game series Pokémon are known to be resurrected from fossils, therefore being known as Fossil Pokémon.

In this exhibit, visitors can enjoy learning about paleontology by comparing the Fossil Pokémon with fossils and paleontology found in our real world and discover the similarities and differences.

Be sure to take a tour of the exhibition, guided by Professor Kaseki (Fossil Professor カセキ博士) from the Pokémon world with their assistant Excavation Pikachu (発掘ピカチュウ), and compare the fossils of the Pokémon world and our world!

Mikasa City Museum (三笠市立博物館)

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Exhibition Period: July 4th, 2021 until September 20th, 2021
Venue: Mikasa City Museum (1-212-1, Nishikicho, Ikharubetsu, Mikasa City, Hokkaido)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed on Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe Sahimel (島根県立三瓶自然館サヒメル)

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Exhibition Period: Autumn 2021
Venue: Shimane Nature Museum of Mt. Sanbe Sahimel (1121-8 Tane, Sanbei-cho, Ota City, Shimane Prefecture)
Opening hours: 9:30 - 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday)

National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館)

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Scheduled Exhibition Date: Spring 2022
Venue: National Museum of Nature and Science (7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed: Monday (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Toyohashi Museum of Natural History (豊橋市自然史博物館)

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Scheduled Exhibition Date: Summer 2022
Venue: Toyohashi Museum of Natural History (1-238 Aza-Oana, Oiwa-cho, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (in Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Closed on Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Exhibition Highlight 1

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Let's look for similarities and differences in the illustrations of the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus and the Pokémon Gachigoras!

Exhibition Highlight 2

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A life-size skeletal model of a Fossil Pokémon! Let's compare this life-size skeletal model of a Pokémon with a real paleontological specimen!

Exhibition Highlight 3

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Let's compare skeletons of Pokémon and dinosaurs! The skeletal images of Pokémon are shown for the first time in Japan. The skeletal diagram of Fossil Pokémon is an imaginary diagram.

Sources: https://www.kahaku.go.jp/pokemon/ and https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000241.000047048.html

YouTube Clip - TBS NEWS - The first collaboration between the National Science Museum and Pokémon


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B5WlTCP5ik

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The recent resurgence in popularity of the Pokémon Trading Card in combination with the 25th Anniversary TCG sets being released, has made obtaining Pokémon Trading Cards very hard. Scalping prices have made it very unaffordable for many to get cards. As a way to combat this issue, The Pokémon Company has announced that they will be reprinting products. This should help devalue currently scalped TCG prices and make the cards less desirable to scalpers.

Twitter Statement - Play Pokémon (@playpokemon)

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We’re aware that some fans are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokémon TCG products due to very high demand. In response, we are reprinting impacted products at maximum capacity to ensure more fans can enjoy the Pokémon TCG.

Source: https://twitter.com/playpokemon/status/1359548922780213249

Update on Pokémon Trading Card Game Product Availability

We’re aware that some of you are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokémon Trading Card Game products due to very high demand and global shipping constraints impacting availability. We understand this inconvenience can be disappointing for fans, and we are working to address it where it is within our control.

In situations where there is limited availability, we are actively working to print more of the impacted Pokémon TCG products as quickly as possible and at maximum capacity to support this increased demand. Reprinted products are expected to be available at retailers as soon as possible.

For new Pokémon TCG expansions launching in the future, we are maximizing production to increase product availability upon release, and we will continue to reprint the products to replenish stock at retailers as soon as possible.

We’d like to thank the community for their continued support and patience as we work to deliver more Pokémon TCG products to fans.

Source: https://support.pokemon.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056644571-Update-on-Pok%C3%A9mon-Trading-Card-Game-Product-Availability

The Pokémon Company has posted an official statement regarding players cheating in Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Home. Players caught modifying their data will have their device(s) banned from online use.

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Addressing the use of data altered via unauthorized means

Thank you very much for your continued support of the Pokémon series. We are aware that some users are playing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as well as using Pokémon HOME, with altered data.

Additionally, certain users have been causing issues that impair the function of games or apps or that cause problems for others. We will address these matters as follows.

Our response

Users found to be using altered data or engaging in troublesome behavior may receive the following penalties.

- Restriction of online play in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
- Restriction of trading features in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME
- Suspension of both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile device version of Pokémon HOME


Note: These measures may be applied temporarily or indefinitely at The Pokémon Company's discretion. No refunds or repayments will be issued as a result of these measures. We will be unable to respond to inquiries regarding the specifics of any infractions or the measures discussed here.

Please be aware that similar measures will be taken regularly in the future and that additional restrictions and other measures may be imposed without notice.

We will continue to regularly watch for and address improper or disruptive behavior in order to help our users enjoy a worry-free experience.

We hope you continue to enjoy the Pokémon series!
The Pokémon Company

Source: https://sg.portal-pokemon.com/special/game/addressing/
Posted By: Sunain | Nov 25 2020 15:12:27
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Tags: The Pokémon Company

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The KIBO Space Broadcasting Organization uses the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", which is part of the International Space Station, as a studio and distributes programs. It will broadcast its first New Year's Eve live program. Astronaut Soichi Noguchi (野口 聡一), who is currently stationed on the International Space Station and arrived their aboard the SpaceX commercial spacecraft Dragon, will broadcast the THE SPACE SUNRISE LIVE 2021 (さあ、新しい宇宙の日の出~THE SPACE SUNRISE LIVE 2021~) event which starts on December 31st, 2020 at 11:45 p.m.

The International Space Station (ISS) orbits at an altitude of 400 km. The KIBO space broadcasting station began broadcasting programs on August 12th, 2020. The KIBO Space Broadcasting Organization was established as part of JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation (J-SPARC), which links the International Space Station (ISS) and the ground in real time and delivers programs live through interactive communication.

Actors Tomoya Nakamura (中村倫也) and Masaki Suda (菅田将暉) will serve as hosts for the broadcast and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi is scheduled to be the main host from ISS.

The Pokémon Company, Coca-Cola Japan and Twitter are all partners for this broadcast. As part of the broadcast, Pokémon will appear via augmented reality, so look forward to a collaboration with Pokémon set in space!

Sources: https://kibo.space/, https://www.jaxa.jp/press/2020/11/20201124-1_j.html and https://twitter.com/Pokemon_cojp/status/1331402273558310913

YouTube Clip - THE SPACE SUNRISE LIVE 2021


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb1RnaN8nCo

The Pokémon Company announced on the official Pokémon website the 2021 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation.

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2021 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation

Find out which cards will be permitted in the 2021 Pokémon TCG Championship Series season.

At the beginning of every Championship Series season, Pokémon Organized Play removes older expansions from competition in the Standard format, with the goal of maintaining a healthy competitive environment. This rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies and enables new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events using the most recent releases. Events taking place after August 28, 2020 will use the 2021 season Standard Format.

The Standard format for the 2021 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • Sun & Moon—Team Up and any expansions released afterward
  • Black Star Promo cards numbered SM158 and up and SWSH001 and up
  • Cards from the following products are also legal:
    • Hidden Fates (excluding all cards from the Shiny Vault subset other than Lycanroc-GX SV67/SV94)
    • Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu
    • Cards from McDonald's Collections will be legal in the Standard format only if they're functionally identical to a card that is currently legal in the Standard format. New expansions become legal for tournament play on two weeks after they are released.
All cards from the Sword & Shield Series have a letter in the bottom-left corner called a regulation mark. In the future, this mark will determine which cards are allowed in tournament play. For the 2021 season, all cards with the “D” regulation mark are legal to use in tournaments. New cards with this regulation mark still must follow the appropriate waiting period to become tournament legal (typically two weeks).

The Expanded Format for 2021

The Expanded format will remain unchanged for the 2021 season. Players should double-check what format is being used before choosing a deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2021 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • Black & White and any expansions released afterward
  • Black Star Promo cards numbered BW01 and up, XY01 and up, SM01 and up, and SWSH001 and up
  • Cards from the following products are also legal:
    • Generations
    • Double Crisis
    • Dragon Vault
    • Shining Legends
    • Dragon Majesty
    • Hidden Fates
    • Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu
    • Black & White Trainer Kit and any Trainer Kits released afterward
    • McDonald's Collection 2011 and later
New expansions become legal for tournament play two weeks after they are released.

Please note that several cards are currently banned from the Expanded format. You can find the list of banned cards here.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/2021-season-pokemon-tcg-format-rotation/
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