There is a lot of excitement for the upcoming launch of Pokemon Go in Japan, and fans are so excited that the government and business executives in Japan are sending out warnings against accidents before the game is even released.
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The National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) under the Cabinet Office has released a 9-point warning that is full of illustrations. It warned about the potential trouble of the online game, according to Japan Times.
“Please pass this on to people around you, especially to children, so everyone can enjoy the game, and play it safely,” the center’s account @nisc_forecast tweeted Wednesday night.
The post has been retweeted 15,000 times and asks people to protect their privacy as they use the game. They don't want people to register their real names and they want them to stay away from dangerous zones when playing.
“In countries where the game has already been launched, various incidents have been reported, including users getting run over by a car, falling into a pond, getting bitten by a snake and getting robbed,” the NISC said.
The warning is also against heatstroke since people will be running around outside. The suggestion was also given to bring spare batteries so that they can prepare to be safe if theirs runs out.
“I want people to abide by the warning so that people can play it on smartphones safely,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday.
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A railway in Japan, West Railway Co., expressed some concern about accidents: “We are worried that enthused users could get into trouble or in accidents,” JR West President Tatsuo Kijima said. “Use of smartphones while walking is a major cause of accidents on train platforms. We have asked passengers, over and over again, not to use smartphones while walking.”