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Pokemon Go Still a No Go in Japan
Okay, imagine this, but with no Pikachu.

Japan: 9 times out of 10, a pretty darn cool place to live if you’re into anime, manga and video games. An anime film is in theaters practically every week, manga is cheap as chips, and Japanese games come out here first.

Except when they don’t.

Pokemon fans living in the birthplace of the franchise are feeling a distinct lack of Pokemon Go as they watch folks in the U.S. and around the world have a blast with the Nintendo and Pokemon Company smartphone game.

There hasn’t even been an official announcement as to when the game will be released in Nippon. A spokesman for Niantic Inc., which helped develop the game, tweeted “please wait patiently” on July 6, but some Japanese fans are taking to social media to voice their frustration with their inability to catch ‘em all.

My personal theory: the developers are being careful as not to populate busy and potentially dangerous spots, such as train platforms, with the creatures. Tokyo, especially, is a darn cramped place, and a rare Pokemon in the midst of Shinjuku Station could really gum up the works.

Anyway, next time you’re bummed out something’s being released in Japan months before America, just remember the reverse is sometimes true too.

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.