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Teacher arrested for making 440 false emergency calls in Sendai

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Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, have arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of obstructing business after he repeatedly made around 440 false emergency phone calls to the prefectural police command and control center.

According to police, Yoshinori Mito, a public junior high school teacher living in Shibata, called the command center in Sendai City around 440 times from February to October 2021, Sankei Shimbun reported. Some of the false emergency phone calls were silent on Mito’s end, while others reported fake incidents.

Police said Mito has partially admitted to the charge but denied making so many calls. Police did not say whether he has given a reason for making the calls.

Mito emerged as a potential suspect after the command and control center traced the phone number visible in the incoming call record log.

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What an idiot.

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Another mentally ill person.

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I think he has PTSD after 30 years of student lecturing

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If he was so stressed or pissed off at something, he could've spent that time doing something else and not wasting time on bothering emergency services.

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Mito emerged as a potential suspect after the command and control center traced the phone number visible in the incoming call record log.

It took them 440 calls over 4 months to do that?

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Another mentally ill person...

who is a junior high school teacher. Someone help those poor students.

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Teach him a lesson: Put a phone in his cell and call him 440 times a day. The new form of punishment.

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what a "smaaato gai"

what a "fast" police action...wondering why they did not do gaman and wait wait till 500th phonecall?

...

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garypenToday  08:55 am JST

*Mito emerged as a potential suspect after the command and control center traced the phone number *visible in the incoming call record log.

It took them 440 calls over 4 months to do that?

Just a guess but he may have been hiding his caller ID and forgot to do so at some point, or possiblity making the calls from a location such as his schools land line or payphone ( yes there still are some left) the second scenario would mean checking security cameras, school teacher's schedules, etc...

I highly doubt the man was making calls regularly from his personal phone with caller ID on.

But in the event that he had caller ID on and the police took this long, then a complete cleaning out of that police section and installing at least a half intelligent monkey or dog to run it would be cheaper and more efficient.

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Possibly another sad, lonely person desperate for any kind of attention? Maybe he's been driven mad by the pandemic restrictions? Why doesn't the article give more information about his position in life? Doesn't Japan have the Samaritans? Did he try calling there first? Will he get the mental health support he clearly needs?

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51 years old ? He should know better or he is mad at something.

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It took him making this obscene amount of prank calls for the police to finally do something about it?

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440 calls in in eight months? When did he have time to “teach? (Plus, a great ‘math’ question for the students.)

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Japanese teachers are already overworked. Maybe he was calling to report his bosses for forced overtime?

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Apparently Mito’s responsible for some of the calls, particularly the one’s he’s admitted to, those ‘caller identified’ as his AND, the reported ‘false incidents’.

Suspect the additional ones he can’t remember might have be unconscious ‘butt-dials’ to the last number called.

- “Mito emerged as a potential suspect after the command and control center traced the phone number visible in the incoming call record log. Some of the false emergency phone calls were silent on Mito’s end, while others reported fake incidents.” -

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Antiquesaving Feb. 10 11:00 am JST

he may have been hiding his caller ID and forgot to do so at some point

Nope, that's not it. Few people are aware that, even if you choose to "block your caller ID", your caller ID is actually still transmitted throughout the whole telephone network and only marked as "not to be displayed". Police and emergency services do override this marker, they will always get your CNID, for good and obvious reasons.

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Maybe his trying to get some of that paid teacher sick leave that others on JT were complaining about a week ago.

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elephant200Feb. 10  08:08 am JST

I think he has PTSD after 30 years of student lecturing

PTSD comes from one extreme indecent where C-PTSD comes from constant triggering of one’s fight or flight response. Just pointing out the difference in the name of knowledge not being petty.

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440 his lucky number equation for arrest.

Far too many calls before they stopped him.

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Anyone ever heard of bum calls

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