Japanese police announced late last week that a woman has been run over by a truck driver while playing Pokémon Go leading to Japan’s first victim due to the augmented reality game.
The suspect, 39-year-old farmer Keiji Goo, told Japanese authorities that he was playing Pokémon Go while driving. The accident killed a 72-year-old woman and severely injured another woman.
According to the Japanese National Police Agency, this is the country’s first fatal accident involving the game, which has been linked to accidents and crimes around the world and is raising similar concerns in Japan.
Since the game’s release in Japan on July 22, there have been 79 traffic accidents linked to “Pokémon Go” nationwide, said the NPA .
Ahead of the release, the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) issued a nine-point illustrated warning on Twitter and Line warning against problems that could arise while playing the GPS-based game.
The Japan Railway Group also expressed concern about the potential for accidents at train stations.
Nintendo has since added a screen warning to the app itself, warning players not to play it while around trains or in fast-moving vehicles. It has also added a feature that pops up on the screen when it detects an increase in speed, to confirm the player was not driving.
Various governments across the world have voiced concerns about the game, warning players to steer clear of sensitive areas and military bases.