In the first reported death in Japan linked to the Pokemon Go craze, a man who was playing the popular smartphone game while driving struck two pedestrians, killing one, the police said on Thursday.
Nintendo and Niantic, the companies behind the game, expressed condolences to the families of the victims.
Pokemon Go uses what is known as augmented reality technology, which puts images of digital monsters in real-world environments for players to hunt with a flick of their fingers. Distracted Pokemon Go players around the world have been involved in numerous mishaps, including less serious car crashes and falls.
In the United States, several people were reported to have been attacked or robbed while playing the game, though the connection between the violence and the fact that the victims were using Pokemon Go at the time has not always been clear.
The death in Japan occurred Tuesday evening in rural Tokushima Prefecture, on the island of Shikoku in the south of the country.