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'Pokemon Go' describes LDP as 'permanent ruling party'

The popular "Pokemon Go" game application, which was released in Japan on July 22, describes the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as the "permanent ruling party," it has been learned.

The developer of the app says there is a possibility that information that a user of the predecessor of "Pokemon Go" had set still remains in the new app, and denies that there was any political motive. The company says it may change the explanation of the LDP if the firm receives requests for changes and deems it should change the description.

If a player approaches the LDP headquarters in the Nagatacho district of Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, while the "Pokemon Go" app is on, the smartphone display will show the "Liberal Democratic Party" and the "permanent ruling party." LDP headquarters is designated as one of the "PokeStops" where players can obtain game items.

According to the company, "Pokemon Go" was developed based on Ingress, an online location-based game app. Ingress displays explanations of existing facilities based on information provided by users.

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