Photo/IllutrationMount Fuji is seen snowcapped from the border of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures on Oct. 23. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

GOTENBA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Police here on Oct. 30 found a body believed to be a man who fell near the summit of Mount Fuji while live streaming his climb.

A rescue team found the body around 1:45 p.m. about 800 meters south of the Taiyo-kan lodge about 3,000 meters high and near the seventh station from the Subashiri trail entrance.

A knapsack was found near the severely damaged body. But police said they could not find any item that could immediately identify the individual.

The search started after police started receiving calls from people who were watching live-streaming footage of a man walking near the summit of Mount Fuji on the afternoon of Oct. 28.

The live-streamed video captured the moment the man lost his balance and tumbled down the mountainside, police said.

“It seems the man took a fall on Mount Fuji,” a person watching Nico Nico Douga, a video-sharing service on the Internet, told the Gotenba Police Station in Shizuoka Prefecture around 3:30 p.m. that day.

Shizuoka prefectural police, with help from Yamanashi prefectural police, started the search and rescue operation using a helicopter in the afternoon and found traces of the fall near the seventh station on the side of Japan’s tallest mountain in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Shizuoka prefectural police dispatched an alpine accident rescue team early on Oct. 29, but the operation was suspended around 5 p.m. due to bad weather.

The police's community affairs division said mountain climbing trails on Mount Fuji are open only from early July to early September. When the trails are closed, the mountain is supposed to be off-limits.

“Trails on Mount Fuji are frozen and slippery at this time of year, and the surface of rocks are exposed,” an officer said. “We ask people to refrain from climbing Mount Fuji when the trails are closed.”