Monday 26 September 2016

Outrage as Pokemon Go players descend on solemn Hiroshima memorial park

Published 27/07/2016 | 13:10

File photo, Kazumi Matsui, right, mayor of Hiroshima, and the family of the deceased bow before they place the victims list of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
File photo, Kazumi Matsui, right, mayor of Hiroshima, and the family of the deceased bow before they place the victims list of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Pokemon Go players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima as the anniversary of the bombing nears, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

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They have asked game developer Niantic Inc to remove the Pokestops and other virtual sites that show up in the park for those playing the popular augmented reality game.

The city wants them deleted by August 6, the anniversary of the 1945 bombing and the date of an annual ceremony to remember the victims.

Niantic officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The expansive park is meant as a solemn memorial to the victims.

It has become a draw for players since the Japan release of the smartphone game last Friday.

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