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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Kazumi Matsui, right, mayor of Hiroshima, and the family of the deceased bow before they place the victims list of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Hiroshima officials: Nuclear memorial should not be 'Pokemon Go' destination


Like the Holocaust Museum, a memorial to the victims of the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II is a landmark in "Pokemon Go."

And local officials want it removed. 

Specifically, they want it removed from the game by Aug. 6, the anniversary of the 1945 bombing and the date of a festival to commemorate the dead.

Niantic Inc., the game's developer, declined to comment on the incident.

Should the Hiroshima memorial be removed from Pokémon Go?

It's not the first somber memorial to make this request of Niantic. The Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have made similar requests.

The game's landmarks, called Pokestops, are based on a location's historical, cultural or religious significance and give in-game rewards for visiting.

They were imported from Niantic's previous game, Ingress.

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