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Pokemon 'NO' at Hiroshima bomb memorial?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:49 IST

The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Memorial Park in western Japan is now Pokemon 'No'.

The city had asked the developer of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game to remove the creatures and sites that appeared in the park by last weekend when a solemn annual ceremony was held to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing that killed 1,40,000 people in the final days of World War II.

The "Pokestops", gyms and the clumps of players that they attract were gone by last Thursday, but the monsters that gamers try to catch were still popping up.

The city sent an email inquiry to game developer Niantic, and got a response at 1:56 am Saturday, just six hours before the start of the ceremony.

"We were so relieved," city official Tatsuya Sumida said.

"We were worried if those "Pokemon" were really going to go away in time."

He said city officials expect the monsters will stay away from the park permanently.

"We consider the park a sacred place where we pray for the victims of the atomic bombings," he said.

The game has also been removed from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, at the institution's request.

-With agency inputs

First published: 8 August 2016, 3:25 IST