A Japanese-Brazilian man was caught walking on a highway in Gifu Prefecture while playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game app, it has been learned.
The man -- a 24-year-old company employee from Kani, Gifu Prefecture -- was spotted walking along the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway in the prefectural city of Mino at around 8:40 p.m. on July 24. A person who was driving along the expressway between the Minami Interchange and the Mino Interchange called police, saying, "Someone is walking down the highway."
About 30 minutes later, the Gifu Prefectural Police force's highway patrol unit found the 24-year-old man as he was walking along the expressway's road shoulder. The man was quoted as telling police that he strayed onto the highway while playing Pokemon Go.
The highway patrol unit issued a strong warning to the man for violating the National Highway Act, which prohibits using highways by means other than driving vehicles. The unit subsequently returned the man to his family.
According to the highway patrol unit, the man arrived in Japan from Brazil three months ago. He was playing Pokemon Go while enjoying a barbecue with acquaintances near the site on July 24, before inadvertently walking onto the motorway.
In response to the incident, the highway patrol unit has alerted people against walking on expressways.