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Research: Pokemon Go reduces work stress

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The smash-hit smartphone game Pokemon Go eases stress and depression in workers when played for at least a month, according to a team including University of Tokyo Prof. Norito Kawakami.

The research, also involving Kazuhiro Watanabe, a graduate student at the university, covered 2,530 regular workers in the nation aged between 20 and 74.

The team examined the workers’ psychological stress response, including feelings of anxiety and fatigue, before and after Pokemon Go was released in Japan in July last year.

The stress reaction of 246 people, all of whom played the game for a month or longer, decreased, while that of other participants did not change, the team said.Speech

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