Parts of Japan still recovering from recent tsunamis and earthquakes are hoping Pokémon Go will bring people back to the prefectures. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and of course Fukushima said they hope to use the game to bring people back to their regions and encourage reconstruction.
The report by The Japan Times says the four prefectures are planning on to arranging for the placement of PokéStops and Gyms in the areas and will be talking to the Japanese division of Niantic.
“I hope young people will have the opportunity to understand the reality facing the disaster-hit prefectures.”
– Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai to reporters at a news conference in Tokyo
Just last month The Guardian reported the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) asked Pokémon Go players to stay out of the Fukushima exclusion zone, which is still irradiated after the nuclear power plant meltdown of 2011.
Another prefecture in Japan is also hoping to capitalize on the incredible succss of Pokémon Go by using it to revitalize the local enoconmy. The Tottori Prefecture Government is encouraging tourist to come and Pokémon Go in their sand dunes, branding them a ‘safe zone’ for players.
Image credit: The Japan Times/KYODO