As Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park becomes one of Japan’s Pokemon Go locations, the authorities in Hiroshima city on Thursday urged the creators of the highly popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go, to keep its virtual monsters out of memorials to the victims of the atomic bomb attack.
They have asked game maker Niantic Inc to remove the “Pokestops” and other virtual sites that show up in the park for those playing the augmented-reality game.
The Japan’s historic city wants them deleted by Aug 6, the anniversary of the 1945 bombing and the date of an annual ceremony to remember the victims.
In a statement, the authorities said it wanted the monsters removed by August 6, when an annual ceremony is held on the anniversary of the 1945 bombing, the BBC reported.
It follows a request by the operators of Fukushima nuclear plant – highly radioactive after its 2011 meltdown – to keep Pokemon out of its plants.
Hiroshima’s Peace Park, which includes a memorial and a museum dedicated to the 1,40,000 people killed in the world’s first nuclear attack, occupies a large, quiet area in an otherwise crowded city.
There are around 30 Pokestops in the park, and three “gyms”, where gamers can battle other players’ Pokemon, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Nagasaki, where 74,000 people were killed by an atom bomb days after Hiroshima, has also asked for Charizard, Pikachu and their friends to be removed from its peace park and museum.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum also recently told visitors that playing the game there was “extremely inappropriate”, while Auschwitz, where millions of people were murdered by the Nazis, has also banned the game.