The wait is over for 'Pokemon Go' fans in Japan

TOKYO – The wait is over for “Pokemon Go” fans in Japan.

Japanese media and users on Twitter said Friday that “Pokemon Go” has been launched in the country of the character’s birth. People started tweeting Friday morning about the game being available. An AP reporter was able to capture a Pokemon character on a colleague’s chair.

The game was initially available for android smart phones but not immediately for download in the Japanese Apple app store. It appeared in the Apple store about 30 minutes later.

“Pokemon Go” is expected to be a huge hit in Japan. Fans have been eagerly awaiting its release since it first came out more than two weeks ago in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and then spread to more than 20 countries.