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Monday, 25th July 2016
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Japan's tourism sites make provision for Pokemon Go

Popular tourism sites across Japan are putting measures in place to ensure that Pokemon Go players do not become a problem.

Some attractions are concerned about the potential for accidents with those playing the app-based game, while others worry that the sanctity of shrines could be compromised.

At the Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture, two warning signs have been put in place to ensure users of the app don’t wander into areas that are off-limits.

They also caution against colliding with other visitors, who are enjoying the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site without collecting pocket monsters.

It is thought that the Tomioka Silk Mill complex contains six Pokemon Go items, making it an alluring spot for devotees of the game.

An official told Kyodo News: “We haven’t so far seen any troubles but we hope people would not damage cultural properties by inadvertently bumping into them.”

Meanwhile, the month-long Gion Matsuri festival is underway, presenting additional hazards for Pokemon Go players, as it features large floats travelling along the roads.

Staff of the festival have been brandishing placards with warnings on them this weekend to remind those concentrating on the app to remain vigilant.

Pokemon Go players have admitted that they can get so engrossed in what they’re doing that the rest of the world is blocked out.

The game has only just been launched in Japan as authorities were keen to ensure all the necessary infrastructure was in place prior to its release.

Pokemon Go has been banned at all the major Shinto shrines across the country, being deemed inappropriate at such sacred places.

This is stated on their websites and reiterated during announcements made periodically inside the compounds to ensure this rule is not broken.

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