Police Dealing With Pokémon Go Chaos In Tokyo

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In the past few days, a rare Pokémon has been spotted in Tokyo’s Odaiba. Loads of people have shown up to catch it, and the crowds have become so big that the police were called in to handle the situation.

Which has looked like this:

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Damn. Folks have been running to catch Lapras, ignoring traffic lights in the process and causing all sorts of headaches, hazards and potential accidents. Because of the Pokémon’s location, people are overwhelming the roads and spilling out into traffic.

Twitter users have been calling this a “Lapras panic.”

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According to NHK, the police have contacted the game’s developers, asking them for their cooperation to ensure this Pocket Monster’s location is in a safer place.

As bad as the Lapras panic is, Taiwan perhaps still holds the record for the worst Pokémon Go stampedes.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.