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    Bad Catch: Japanese NPP Operator Urges to Delete Pokemons From Fukushima

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    Japanese Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) nuclear power plant (NPP) operator called on the Pokemon Go app developer company Niantic to delete virtual “pocket monsters” from the premises of the Fukushima-1, Fukushima-2 and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPPs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Kyodo news agency, at least one of the so-called Pokemons was found on the premises of one of the nuclear power plants, raising security concerns at TEPCO. The company’s authorities have reportedly decided to strengthen security measures at the sites out of concern that users of the popular app may attempt to break in while playing the game.

    The augmented-reality game took the world by the storm after its release in early July. It requires players to catch "pocket monsters," which appear on the screen if the user is in the right location. A total of 151 types of Pokemons are "running wild around the world."

    Since the launch of the game, media reports emerged of numerous accidents involving Pokemon Go users, in which people walked into each other while peering at their cellphones or drove straight into trees in an attempt to catch a monster.

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