Brian Ashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.
6:00 AM

Voice actor Hiroshi Masuoka has passed away from cancer. He was best known for voicing Masuo Fuguta in Sazae-san and Jam Ojisan in Anpanman, both of which he did until last year. Masuoka was 83. May he rest in peace.

6:00 AM

In its first three days on sale in Japan, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 1,880,626 package copies at retail. This is the biggest debut for any Switch game in Japan to date. During that same week, a whopping 392,576 Switch units (including Switch Lite) were also sold in Japan. 

6:30 AM

South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee has rated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered. The country’s ratings board often inadvertently leaks unannounced games it rates. This is probably no exception. [Thanks Sang for the tip!)