The National Police Agency says that there were more than 2 million calls made to 110 last year across Japan, which were not categorized as being an emergency.
The NPA said in a report released Saturday (Jan 10) to mark "110 Emergency Call Day," that in 2014, there were 8,524,175 calls made to 110 in Japan. Of those, 2,069,889, or 24.3%, were considered by the police to be unnecessary, NHK reported Sunday.
Police said that most of the calls were related to traffic accidents, accounting for 29.9% of the total.
The unnecessary or nuisance calls included complaints about no toilet paper in public restrooms, vending machines that didn't give change, and questions such as, "How do I update my driver's license?"
The NPA plans to conduct campaigns to raise public awareness on when it is appropriate to call 110 and when it isn't.© Japan Today