Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon. But managers at many public and private facilities around Japan are telling the developers of the augmented-reality game that they don’t want to play along.
Officials at several Japanese railway companies are worried that players absorbed in the game will bump into passengers or fall off platforms. So they’ve asked the developer to exclude their properties from the game.
But they say many of the game’s characters have appeared at major stations or on rail tracks…despite the developer’s promises to keep them away.
In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, managers of the peace parks commemorating the 1945 bombings are also saying “no go.”
They say these locations are dedicated to the souls of the victims… and should be off-limits to Pokemon characters.
Tokyo Electric Power Company has asked the developer to exclude the firm’s 3 nuclear plants from the game, including the damaged Fukushima Daiichi compound.
In the US state of Ohio, teenagers playing Pokemon Go entered the parking lot of a nuclear plant.
TEPCO has instructed its employees and contractors not to play the game at any of its plants.
The Supreme Court has also issued a request to the developer that the 486 courts across Japan be excluded. It says the courts should only be used by people on official business.
Source and image: NHK