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JAPANESE CEMETERY @ HOUGANG APPEALS TO PUBLIC NOT TO HUNT FOR POKEMON

A public notice was put up in the Japanese Cemetery Park at Hougang, appealing to park-goers to not hunt for Pokemon in the area.

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The sign was reportedly put up by the Japanese Association of Singapore, and is believed to have been put up for some time.

And the sign was presumably in reference to the popular augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon Go, where players walk around in real life to catch the Pokemon in the game.

The public notice that was put up at the cemetery reads:

“The Japanese Cemetery Park is a site for those who rest in peace, please respect them and do not enter the ground for Pokemon Go.”

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This is presumably in response to the public going to the park to catch Pokemon there, and disturbing the peace of the dearly departed.

The Japanese Cemetery Park was built in 1891 and contains the graves of nearly 1,000 Japanese civilians and soldiers from Singapore, believed to be from the early 20th century.

The ashes of Japanese soldiers were brought there during World War 2, as well as the bodies of Japanese war criminals executed at Changi Prison.

Further burials were prohibited by the government in 1973 and it was then turned into a memorial park in 1987, being maintained by the Japanese Association of Singapore.

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