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Man arrested for making 8,000 calls to Tohoku Electric Power Co

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Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, have arrested a 56-year-old man from Tokyo for making more than 8,000 calls to Tohoku Electric Power Co over four months.

Toshikatsu Nakamura, a company executive who lives in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, has been charged with forcible obstruction of business for allegedly calling the representative telephone number of Tohoku Electric Power, which is located in Sendai, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to police, Nakamura repeatedly asked to be connected with the department in charge of utility poles between October 2019 and February of this year. Police suspect that the company executive had an ongoing dispute involving utility poles on his land with Tohoku Electric Power Co.

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The guy, as a company executive, which generally means he should have at least half-a-brain (poor assumption obviously) he should have retained an attorney or contacted the proper municipal authorities!

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I don't like TEPCO either but I would have found another way to annoy them and avoid getting arrested. Defeats the purpose entirely.

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he should have retained an attorney or contacted the proper municipal authorities!

Probably he try to save up some money to handle this thing by himself, not with lawyer. He has been asked five months to talk to people in charge utility poles. They just won't give him that.

Nakamura repeatedly asked to be connected with the department in charge of utility poles between October 2019 and February of this year. Police suspect that the company executive had an ongoing dispute involving utility poles on his land with Tohoku Electric Power Co.

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According to police, Nakamura repeatedly asked to be connected with the department in charge of utility poles between October 2019 and February of this year.

It’s now October 2020, seven months after the calls stopped. Was an arrest really necessary?

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Was an arrest really necessary?

It's easy points for police and prosecutors. Just got to get to that 99.999%.

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Interesting, there is much more to this story that is not in this story. Is this a responsible way to report news? Its a 1/2 story at best. It might be 1/3 or less of a story.

Questions, Did they ever connect the man to the correct department?

Did the department answer his questions?

What were his question?

What did he want?

What did they provide?

Who authorized the man to be arrested?

Was he detained or released?

Who is responsible for the problems the man was having?

Is the man mentally ill.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

8000 plus calls in four months is 60 to 70 calls a day, impressive dedication to the cause.

Many shachos in Japan are sons of shachos. Being on the board of a company is not always an achievement.

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"Many shachos in Japan are sons of shachos. Being on the board of a company is not always an achievement."

its an monogamous island way, where else can they go.

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"had an ongoing dispute involving utility poles on his land"

Fukushima land owners must have a hella dispute with Tepco.

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@Mocheake : The guy didn’t call TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) but Tohoku Electric Power Co...

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56-year-old man from Tokyo is the kind of guy who has time to make 8,000 crank calls.

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Good point about japan is people make phone calls rather than bombs.

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I agree with Terrell Methvin that the above story could raise more questions than answers. Without in-depth knowledge about the case, it is quite difficult to call Toshikatsu Nakamura a tough customer or a nutter.

In reality, different unhappy customers tend to have their own ways/art of complaining. In some circumstances, effective complaining - instead of putting up with any injustice – can boost complainant's mental state and overall happiness. In case Tepco has not professionally done its job as it was supposed to, I believe this company is also responsible for this conflict.

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I remember once I had a dispute with JCom and made about 10 calls to get the issue settled. But 8,000 calls in 4 months? Jeez.

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So have they addressed his problem?? if they did he would have stopped.

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Kind of curious if each call resulted in the caller speaking to someone at the electric company or if all he ever managed to connect to was one of those frustrating automated menus where if you make any noise at all like sniffling or clearing your throat the menu read back halts and some electronic voice says "sorry but I didn't hear what you said" followed by a repeat of the whole menu from the beginning with these calls eventually culminating in him reaching somebody's voice mail? I could see someone in that situation just punching redial over and over hoping to finally reach an operator.

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If he never received a response, perhaps Tohoku Electric Power Co should be the entity answering police questions and not the frustrated customer. How is it that they have transmission lines "on his property" anyway? An easement must have rules and maybe a contract as well? Sounds like Corporate retaliatory harassment and perhaps a too close relationship between a Corporate entity and civil authority. If he was THAT frustrated, more facts than we have been given must be available. There is always suspicion when only one side, and only the side with the least power, is presented. This is a highly imbalanced news article.

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You can get arrested for calling someone 8,000 times?

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