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Japan Takes Precautions for Launch of Pokemon Go

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 26, 2016

Japan Takes Precautions for Launch of Pokemon Go

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Japan isn’t taking any chances with its historic sites after the release of the new Pokemon Go game. The country is on high alert, cautioning visitors against colliding with people and trespassing in off-limit areas. 

A 28-year-old man from Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, who came to the site with office colleagues, told JapanToday, “I get distracted when concentrating too much on the game. I’d like to remain watchful.”

Festivals were also warning players. Organizers of the month-long traditional Gion Matsuri festival used placards to alert players to be careful as floats with elaborate ornaments were readied on a street.

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There are also areas in which the game is banned to protect attractions and people alike. 

JapanToday wrote that a 24-year-old man who visited Ise from Chiba Prefecture was playing on a pedestrian path leading to a “torii” entry gate to the shrine. 

“Ise Taisha isn’t a playground in the first place. It’s good that (the game) is banned inside the premises,” the man said before entering the shrine compound after slipping the gadget into a pocket.

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