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Man arrested for making 911 nuisance calls to police station in Tokyo

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A 51-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing police in the performance of their duties after he made 911 nuisance phone calls to a police station in Ueno.

According to police, Hidetoshi Tanabe has admitted to making the calls from his landline and mobile phone between April 15 and July 17, Kyodo News reported. Some of the calls were silent, while at other times, Tanabe said he had killed someone and would turn himself in. He would then call back and say he had lied. In another call, he said he was using illegal drugs and asked police to come and arrest him.

In one day, he made 72 calls, an Ueno police station spokesperson said.

Police quoted Tanabe as saying he made the calls because he was unhappy with how the police station had responded to an inquiry he made some time ago.

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Suitable number of prank calls to an emergency number in some countries. His kind of humor?

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tottenhaminremnants

Err what? Why is 72 calls "suitable number"?

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He should have been calling a mechanic coz he’s definitely got a few screws loose.

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Man arrested for making 911 nuisance calls to police station in Tokyo

Thank you NPA. The biggest crime story in Tokyo: cranks calls. I wonder what the crime stores are in London and New York???????

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Well that many times until he was arrested..

I think I'm hopeless then. My neighbor keep calling the cops to my house because saying my TV is too loud.

I don't have a TV and my work shift coincidentally hits with the times he reported. The cops come and do a "search" in my apartment about 3-5 times a month, sometimes in the same day, the same cops and the same story...

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911? なにこれ119 is the ambulance, 110 is police, what is 911?

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What a queer thing to do, maybe he’s mental

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911? なにこれ119 is the ambulance, 110 is police, what is 911?

911 is the number of calls the man did, not the number he dialed. In the description it is clear his calls were to a single police station, that would not happen if he was dialing 110.

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Shows again the uselessness of the cops here. 10 should have been enough to realise there's a pest at work here.

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911 times, that is. Not the emergency number 9-1-1 in the States.

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911? 爆笑!

Your editor actually published this?

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He should aim for the British record of 999 calls.

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This particular charge is called ‘public nuisance’ here, it does happen but you’d hope the caller in this instance would get the message to stop calling after the first 50…

Maybe NHK can block his phone account?

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I think I'm hopeless then. My neighbor keep calling the cops to my house because saying my TV is too loud.

I don't have a TV and my work shift coincidentally hits with the times he reported. The cops come and do a "search" in my apartment about 3-5 times a month, sometimes in the same day, the same cops and the same story...

Ya should file a counterclaim against harassment and a protection order

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Willi

he made 911 calls...

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Some factory needs to hire that determined man who’s dedicated to his tasks.

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I though "911 call" was just English colloquial equivalent to 110 call. Would be strange if the exact number of calls was 911. Unclear writing in the article.

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I though "911 call" was just English colloquial equivalent to 110 call. Would be strange if the exact number of calls was 911. Unclear writing in the article.

From a Japanese article on the issue:

無職の田辺秀敏容疑者(51)、警察署に電話をかけ続けた男が逮捕された。

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田辺容疑者は、東京の上野警察署に無言電話や意味不明な内容の電話を繰り返した偽計業務妨害の疑いが持たれている。

A man, Tanabe Hiroshi (51), unemployed, was arrested for repeated calls to a police station.

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The suspect, Tanabe, is accused of obstruction of business by making repeated phone calls to the Ueno police station in Tokyo either saying nothing or making unclear statements.

Link: https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/1a109e1a9c8c9c4b5add27a698007e1979cfb094

There is nothing about the actual number called in the article, however as it is stating that the calls were made to the Ueno police station, and due to it being extremely unlikely that calling 911 in Japan would reach that station, it would seem that the usage of 911 in the article here on Japan Today was a stylistic choice by the author.

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Sounds like this guy needs some attention - perhaps he's just Lonely.

Phycological care and help in Japan is basic if non-existent. And don't quote the "TELL" Lifeline ....

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TELL Lifeline: 03-5774-0992

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@Strangerland - I meant, that TELL may be helpful in some cases, but ... not all,

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