The Tokyo Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that in 2013, 36 individuals were hospitalized due to injuries sustained while using their mobile device and walking.
The issue of “smartphone walkers,” as the Japanese media call them, has been getting a lot of coverage recently. Pedestrians glued to their phone screens are often oblivious of their surroundings causing them to frequently bump into other people, or even to drop their phones from train station platforms.
According to the agency, the 36 accidents involved people who were either walking, or riding their bicycles and using their smartphone at the same time, Fuji TV reported Friday.
In one fatal incident, a 47-year-old man using his phone was hit and killed by a train in Itabashi Ward last October.
Over the past four years, more than 120 “smartphone walkers” have been sent to the hospital after being injured.© Japan Today