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Pokemon D'oh! Japanese Olympic gymnast catches $5K mobile bill

Kohei Uchimura was hit with thousands of dollars in data roaming charges after playing Pokemon Go in Brazil ahead of the Olympic Games.


Uchimura roamed too far in his search for Pokemon.

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Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura loves catching zubats and pidgeys, but perhaps a little too much.

The five-time Olympic medalist racked up a $5,000 phone bill for data roaming charges while playing Pokemon Go in the run-up to the upcoming games in Brazil. Teammate Kenzo Shirai said Uchimura "looked dead at the team meal that day" after receiving the bill.

But, things ended up working out for Uchimura: His phone company let him pay a daily flat rate of $30 a day instead of the 500,000 yen bill, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.