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Japanese government releases warnings, advice ahead of Pokemon Go arrival

This is not a drill


Pokémon Go is finally close to a release in Japan and the government there is worried about what may happen when it arrives.

The country’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity released a one-page flier advising players to watch the weather, where they walk and look out for scams, among other things.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga asked the country’s Pokémon players to follow the nine tips outlined on the flyer.

While the game was launched two weeks ago in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and has since released in more than 20 countries, there is still no firm release date for Japan.

Rumors have the game hitting there sometime this week, but Tech Crunch reports, citing unnamed sources, that a leak of the release date amped up expectations so much that developer Niantic delayed the launch in Japan.

On Wednesday, McDonald's Japan released a short statement saying that it was collaborating with Pokémon Go and that the game would be launched soon in the country.

We’ve reached out to Niantic for comment about the planned release date for Japan and will update this story when they respond.


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