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Japan Braces For Pokemon Go Launch With Usage Warnings

Scattered among the hundreds of headlines about Pokemon Go over the last few weeks: stories about people ending up in various states of injury while attempting to catch ‘em all.

In Japan, where the game is (still!) not out, the government is taking pre-launch precautions, warning future Goers against dangerous Pokeplay.

Japan’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (also known, mercifully, as NISC), has tweeted out a nine-point safety guide for playing the game, which is currently making waves everywhere but Japan.

The points translate as follows:

  1. Protect your personal information
  2. Beware of malware and viruses
  3. Be aware of weather conditions
  4. Watch out for heat stroke
  5. Don’t let your battery die
  6. Have a backup plan for staying in touch
  7. Don’t enter dangerous places
  8. Don’t meet up with strangers
  9. Don’t walk while looking at your phone

Pretty common sense stuff, but as we’ve seen with the launch of Go in other countries, common sense sometimes goes out the window when you’re on the hunt for elusive Pokemon like Missingno.

What? There’s no Missingno.? What’s even the point then?!

Source: Japan Times

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.