A second death has been confirmed in Japan thanks to the absorbing smartphone game Pokemon Go. While people in the US are said to be slowing down on gameplay, there are still many players abroad.
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The first reported death was on Tuesday in the city of Tokushima.
Aichi Prefecture, a Vietnamese woman in her 20s from Kasugai, died on Thursday after she was hit by a car while riding a bicycle.
In this case, the driver, who was a worker in his 20s, said that he was looking away from the road at the time of the collision because he was trying to charge his phone. The battery was almost dead because he had been playing Pokemon Go.
He was arrested on suspicion of negligence resulting in injury, but he was released. Police are now going to treat it as negligence resulting in death.
Japan has seen quite a few accident linked to Pokemon Go since its release in Japan in July. The game encourages players to go find virtual creatures that appear in various real life locations. There have been many cases of people ignoring their surroundings to catch Pokemon or battling.
Some figures released say that there have been as many as 80 accidents caused by the game since July 22, 2016, according to Japan Times.