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Japanese city aims to ban phone use while walking

Japanese city aims to ban phone use while walking

TOKYO: It is a scene repeated the world over: Pedestrians glued to their phones while walking, causing collisions and sometimes accidents.

No more, says one Japanese city.

"The number of people using smartphones has rapidly increased and so (has) the number of accidents" in the densely populated area, city official Masaaki Yasumi told AFP.

The results showed that two-thirds would not make it to the other side without incident, with 446 collisions, 103 people being knocked down and 21 dropping their phones.

The number of accidents between people using phones while riding a bicycle and pedestrians is also increasing in Japan.

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