Japan Asks Pokemon GO Players To Stay Out of Fukushima Fallout Zone

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Pokemon GO has done many things, but one thing the app is particularly good at is tempting unaware trainers into some very awkward situations. So far, everything from car crashes to shootings have been associated with the addictive game, and countries all over the world are now trying to stop accidents before they can happen. That, you see, is why Japan is asking Niantic to remove any wild pokemon that are currently cropping up in the Fukushima fallout zone.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has asked the developer to keep pocket monsters far, far away from the radioactive site. Obviously, they are worried about trainers stumbling upon the area in their pursuit to catch, say, a Nucleon. Sadly, that pokemon isn’t in the app’s line-up, but you know, the sentiment still stands.

Currently, Tepco has confirmed, “the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Fukushima Daini plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture,” were all scouted. Unsurprisingly, pokemon were found at all three of the sites.

Masao Uchibori, the governor of Fukushima, said it would be dangerous for trainers to enter the areas due to their radioactive nature. As such, he’s confirmed that, “the prefectural government will consider how to draw attention to this.” Beyond that, the city of Nagasaki has also asked for Niantic to remove the app’s presence from Nagasaki Peace Park, a local memorial for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing.

Sadly, this isn’t the first place Pokemon GO has popped up where it shouldn’t. The app has reportedly been used on the front-line of war where a Squirtle showed up to fend off ISIL. And The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC has also been plagued with unwanted pokemon and has also requested Niantic to remove all of pokestops from its location.