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This is also available for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV through Apple Arcade. Even if you're avoiding listing mobile ports, the Mac version runs on an actual computer and is pretty much identical to the Windows one in features and performance. Please get your platform lower thirds right.

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Wikipedia has a nice short article about telephone clubs. The ones in this game are their original incarnations, of course.

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Regarding the sales tax, you're (of course) missing on some background - the Japanese sales tax was indeed introduced at 3% around the time the game is set. It was raised to 5% in the late '90s, and it stayed that way until 2014, about a year before Yakuza 0 came out in Japan (and when the game was likely in development), when the Abe government raised it to 8% with plans to farther raise it to 10% by the following year. That plan's been postponed because of the economy and public outcry, though, and it should finally happen this year. This is where the 5 and 8 numbers come from in the answers.

One ill effect from the 2014 8% rise is that while before you could count on price labels to always show prices including tax, now it depends on the store - about half show it post-tax and half pre-tax, and you always have to look up the small print to find out which is it.

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@mishutiirio: Yeah, I had no doubt the game was parodying a real band I wasn't familiar with, and this one is certainly it (the members even look exactly the same as their game counterparts). Still, Kishidan is probably the most entertaining modern look at the subculture you can find.

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Quick couple of cultural comments:

  • -san can, in fact, be used after business names and not just for people, as in Sony-san. You use it when it's appropriate to use polite language in regard to the business. The suffix's so versatile, in fact, that it can even be used after general place names. For example, honya means book store, and one can use honya-san when talking about some specific bookstore that's familiar to both the speaker and the listener. There may very well be an actual guy named Tachibana, though - businesses in Japan are often named after the owner and Tachibana is a real family name.
  • They've only been around since the late '90's, but check out Kishidan for a real-life yanki band (though it's very clear they're parodying the culture). Here's their most famous song performed on TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koEdyLqmfd0. They have tons of material, some pretty serious, too, and they've been great the one time I've seen them live.