City officials have asked game developer Niantic Inc to remove the park as a PokeStop

Pokemon Go hunters have angered officials of the Hiroshima atom bomb memorial park.

The park is a memorial to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. Currently the park is a virtual Pokemon stop, AKA a Pokestop. As a result, Pokemon Go hunters have been visiting the site in search for Pokemon since its official launch in Japan on 22 July.

The western Japanese city officials have asked game developer Niantic Inc to remove the park as a Pokestop before the annual ceremony to remember the victims of the bombing on 6 August.

Recently, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) also asked Niantic to prevent virtual Pokemon from appearing near the Fukishima disaster zone. The company fears that Pokemon hunters will be at danger whilst playing the game in the area, which houses power stations.

Other controversial Pokestops around the world include New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and Washington DC’s Holocaust Museum. Both sites have been removed from the game following complaints.

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