Japan Today experiences that police have arrested a 71-year-old man in Saitama for calling his cellphone firm’s customer support line roughly 24,000 instances with quite a lot of questions and complaints.
Akitoshi Okamoto of Kasukabe is beneath investigation for allegedly pestering the workers of telecommunications firm KDDI with dozens of day by day calls over the course of two years.
According to the corporate, Okamoto was upset that his phone was not ready to choose up radio broadcasts and known as a number of instances to vent his frustrations.
At first, KDDI was reluctant to press fees in opposition to a paying buyer. But the amount of his calls turned too giant to ignore, making it troublesome to present service to different purchasers. The tipping level got here within the month earlier than the arrest, when Okamoto known as them 411 instances in a single week demanding KDDI apologize for violating their contract.
The police investigation continues to be ongoing, however they are saying that in accordance to KDDI’s entry logs Okamoto has known as them tens of hundreds of instances since changing into a buyer of the corporate. In an interview, the senior citizen advised police that he was the sufferer on this scenario.
Okamoto could possibly be charged beneath Japan’s “obstruction of business” statute, which permits for prison penalties to be levied in opposition to people who make it unimaginable for corporations to carry out their regular operations.
Japan’s inhabitants is the oldest on the planet with, in accordance to a 2018 survey, 28.four % of the nation consisting of people over the age of 65. That growing older populace presents challenges for the nation, which is asking residents to keep within the workforce till 70 and importing overseas labor to make up for the shortfall. In addition, corporations are pursuing technological options, together with harnessing robots and synthetic intelligence to help in elder care.
Getting arrested for making too many telephone calls is unusual, however it does occur. In February, a New Jersey man was taken in by police for calling 911 over 200 instances in two months as a result of he needed any person to discuss to.
Michael Reston was dwelling in his automotive. His cell phone had run out of minutes, however calls to emergency companies are at all times free so he dialed police departments in a number of Florida cities for dialog. He was charged with misusing 911, which may carry a sentence of $1,000 or a yr in jail, and launched with out bond.