Japan's Hiroshima city has seen hordes of Pokemon Go trainers arriving at a memorial park that commemorates the victims of the August 1945 atomic bombing. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which combines a memorial and museum, is filled with at least 30 Pokestops and 3 gyms, attracting numerous players.
The city wants the monsters removed from the park by 6 August, which is the anniversary of the 1945 bombing, as the park will host an annual ceremony to pay tribute to its victims.
Like the Fukushima disaster Zone, the memorial has become just another place to catch Pokemon since the game was released in Japan last week.
The developer of the game, Niantic refused to comment on the incident. The company allows for people to request removal of locations that could pose a risk to the player, but not if they are inconvenient or inappropriate. Removals must be made manually and aren't guaranteed by the company.
Japanese broadcaster NHK quoted officials as saying that this made it hard for visitors to access the facilities and disturbing the quiet of a place that is considered sacred.
The Holocaust memorial museum in Washington DC, has requested for it to be excluded from the game and asked people to stop playing the game. The museum's spokesperson Andrew Hollinger said that its request has been granted. Auschwitz, where millions of Jews were murdered by the Nazis, has also banned the game from its premises.