Japan Using Pokemon Go To Increase Tourism In Disaster Regions

Posted: Sep 5 2016, 12:56pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 5 2016, 1:30pm CDT, in News | Gaming


Japan Using Pokemon Go to Increase Tourism In Disaster Regions
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There has been some talk lately that Pokemon Go has caused a boost in tourism thanks to Pokemon. Now, Japan's disaster-struck areas are using the game to increase tourism even more. Officials in areas like Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate are working together to utilize the game so that they can get the money to rebuild.

The proposals center around increasing the number of gyms and Pokestops so that people come to stop. The Miyagi Prefecture revealed that they have another plan to bring people into the area. They've secured 30 million yen (US $290,000) in funding to use for Pokemon Go. They will spend 15 million yen on publicity to promote local Pokestops, 10 million for special Pokemon Go events, and 5 million for Niantic "system improvements."

They sent a proposal to Niantic, the developers behind the smash hit game, to request that the Pokemon that are exclusive to certain areas also be available in the disaster-affected areas. This would mean that Tauros, Kanghaskan, and Mr. Mime could be caught there. Farfetch'd the Pokemon exclusive to Asia, would also be there, according to Rocket News 24.

If this request is approved, many more people will likely travel to these regions. Pokemon Go hasn't lessened in popularity there, so it should have quite an impact.

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