A 37-year-old power company employee has been arrested on suspicion of interfering with business activities by deception, after he allegedly cut off the power to over 130 homes last month.
According to police, the man, a maintenance supervisor for the Namba branch of Kansai Electric Power Co, used his tools to open a distribution box without authorization on May 31 and then used transformers to cut off the power supply to certain areas, TBS reported Wednesday.
As a result of the sabotage, 132 properties, including houses and shops, were left without power in Naniwa Ward and Tennoji Ward. Police say some properties were left without electricity for up to an hour and a half.
During police questioning, the accused man was quoted as saying he cut the power because he was overworked. "I thought if there was a power cut or similar incident, some more workers might be sent to assist me," he said.© Japan Today