Pokemon Whoa!

The Japanese police are as worried as I am.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve walked through New York City at night and during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and through London on New Year’s Eve and never been bumped into. In Japan, I’ve been hit several times by people with odd senses of personal space and/or bad depth perception and have been hit by bicycles a few times.

This was in the pre-smartphone era. Now we have Pokemon Go and I am afraid.

The Japanese are already, um, inattentive when it comes to walking and using smartphones (and, in some cases, cycling and using smartphones). Pokemon Go could lead to the apocalypse and it’s best I stay in doors.

Having observed the results in other countries, the Japanese police have issued “Don’t Be a Moron” warnings to Japanese Pokemon fans now that Pokemon Go has been released.

The first injury happened almost immediately and even the company I work for has issued a warning. I’ve heard reports of people almost being hit by cars and of people slipping on escalators. There’s also some concern that the somber area around the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome could become a Pokemon hunting area.

I’m personally waiting for the first reports of people falling off train platforms and of people trespassing on the Imperial Palace grounds to get some rare creature.

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