Charizard, date question

Does anyone know why in the English version the 25th Anniversary reprint the date is 1995,96,98 as the original while the Japanese version of the 20th / 25th Anniversary reprint are 2016 and 2021?

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It’s because of the differences in IP law in the US vs Japan. In the US, copyright is automatically created when an original work is made - in this case, when the OG charizards came out, in 96, 96, 98. So they stick with that. They COULD update the date if they wanted, and even remove the year - but you need to attribute the work. So if they removed the dates, it would instead have to be: (c) Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.