Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has filed an official request with Pokemon Go smartphone app developer Niantic to change the game’s settings so that no virtual Pokemons appear within the premises of any of the company’s nuclear power plants.
The move was conducted after TEPCO said it has detected at least one Pokemon character in one of its three power plants — the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Fukushima Daini plant and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture, Sankei Shimbun reported. The company refused to reveal information on exactly which of the three plants the Pokemon was detected at, stating safety precaution reasons.
TEPCO further announced that it has instructed its employees not to play the game within any of its power plants.
In justification of its request, TEPCO stated a recent case when Pokemon Go players trespassed on the grounds of a nuclear power plant in the U.S. in search of Pokemons.
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori told a news conference that it is “dangerous” if game players try to enter nuclear power plants or evacuation zones designated after the March 11 triple disaster, “as part of the game,” and that it is important for the prefecture to develop a concrete plan calling for increased attention on the matter, Sankei reported.
Meanwhile, Japan Railway (JR) and 23 private railway companies nationwide have also contacted Niantic urging the company to remove any virtual characters from stations, platforms and tracks, fearing an increase in accidents.© Japan Today