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Global video-gaming, 5G technology expected to highlight this year’s Tokyo Game Show in Chiba

September 06, 2019 / CHRISTIAN LOPEZ

When people think Japan, what comes to mind for many are anime and ramen, but for some, it’s video games and the annual Tokyo Game Show. The 2019 version of the four-day gaming convention takes place next week at the Makuhari Messe convention center just outside the city in Chiba prefecture. Its organizers, the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association and Nikkei Business Publications Inc., bill it as the world’s largest game show. It promises a little bit of everything, from the most anticipated video game releases, advancements in technology like artificial intelligence, a hall dedicated to cosplayers and an esports Street Fighter competition with a prize pool worth $67,000. This year’s convention theme, “One World, Infinite Joy,” reflects the increasing technological advances that allow players to connect globally via gaming. The convention’s keynote program will cover fifth-generation cellular network technology, or 5G, as a gamechanger...