Wednesday December 17, 1997


TOKYO, Dec 17 (LSN) – CNN reported today that a popular TV cartoon in Japan caused seizures in over 600 children who were watching the program on Tuesday. In a national survey, the Tokyo fire department found that at least 618 children had suffered convulsions, vomiting, irritated eyes, and other symptoms after watching the show “Pokemon.” Moreover, Japanese television network NHK reported that 111 people were still hospitalized Wednesday morning. Some other children were stricken later, when watching excerpts from the scene in TV news reports on the earlier victims. It is suspected that the seizures were caused by flashing lights in the program a response which is difficult to elicit by accident.