Japan Urges Pokemon Go Players To Stay Away From Fukushima Disaster Zone

July 26, 2016


There was a Mewtwo right between those tanks.

Despite the fact its probably an ideal spot to catch ultra-rare evolved Pokemon, the Japanese government is encouraging Pokemon Go players to steer clear of the Fukushima Disaster Zone. You'd think that would be common sense, but if there's one thing Pokemon Go players have taught us, it's that there is no common sense when you're chasing Pokemon.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has requested that Pokémon Go developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company prevent Pokémon appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima to help prevent encouraging players to enter dangerous areas.

Tepco said it has tested the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was partially destroyed by the March 2011 disaster, the nearby Fukushima Daini plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture and found Pokémon on-site.

Admittedly, that is a pretty serious oversight of the game's creators -- you can't have Pokemon spawning in radioactive locations. Now I'm not saying Niantic and the Pokemon Company should be held responsible and sued for this blunder, but I definitely didn't have this tail a month ago.

Thanks to Jarod, who agrees they need to make a World Of Warcraft Go already.

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