Via a Google Plus Update, which you can see roughly translated below, Niantic has revealed that the Japanese field test for Pokemon Go has begun.
“From today, Japanese residents are invited to field test Pokemon GO. We’ll give you information about the lottery system and invitation based on your device and experience of real-world gaming you’ve had so far. Those invited will be sent the details via email, however for those who have not received an invitation please stay excited as we are gradually expanding the field test.”
This field test is the first true beta of sorts for Pokemon Go, and is the first step towards its release later this year. The Augmented Reality game, made in collaboration with Nintendo, is meant to give Pokemon fans a true feeling of being a Pokemon trainer.