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Teruo Nozaki Finally Arrested After Prank Calling Emergency Number 28,000 Times

A Japanese man was arrested for calling a police emergency number 28,000 times in an 18-month period.

Teruo Nozaki, a convenience store worker, consistently called 110, which is the police emergency number in Japan. Time reports that on Nozaki’s busiest days of dialing, he would place more than 1,000 phone calls and hang up every time someone picked up on the other end.

International Business Times reports that when Nozaki was questioned about the motivation behind his prank phone calls, the 44-year-old answered that he “did it because I was irritated by the fact that I was always watched by police.”

In a story about the arrest on Japan Today, according to police, Nozaki made the hoax calls from his cell phone from January 2012 until June of this year, NTV reported.

Although Nozaki was finally arrested, he used his compulsion to conduct a sort of backwards social experiment, according to Time, which reports that now we know that it takes tens of thousands of prank calls before the Tokyo police is finally compelled to make an arrest.

Sources: Time, International Business Times, Japan Today


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