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Police ask public not to use 110 number for non-urgent calls

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The National Police Agency (NPA) is asking the public not to use the emergency 110 phone number to make non-urgent calls.

The NPA said in a report released on Sunday, which is designated as 110番の日 (#110 Day), that from Jan 1 to Nov 30 last year, a total of 7,654,794 calls were made to 110 nationwide. The number was 7.8% less than in 2019.

The NPA attributed the decrease to fewer traffic accidents and less street crime because more people stayed home and cut back their travel during the state of emergency declared over the coronavirus in April and May last year.

However, the NPA said 19.3% of calls had nothing to do with crimes or accidents. Examples given were people calling 110 to complain that shoppers weren’t keeping their distance at supermarket checkouts; complaints about cars with license plates from certain prefectures coming to prefectures where coronavirus cases were low at the time; some asking where they could get a PCR test for the coronavirus; others asking for a ride home in police cars because there were no taxis; and inquiries about what to do for meals for children who had to stay home while schools were closed.

The NPA has asked the public to phone the help hotline (#9110) for mundane requests that would otherwise deter police from responding to accidents and disasters.

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Some of those reasons for calling 110...honestly - I can almost picture the faces, gestures, demeanor EVEN dress-style of some of these self-righteous prigs. We've all seen 'em!

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Is there a lack of commonsense in Japan that people always need to be told what to do?

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Sorry, but we are amidst a life threatening pandemic and in cold winter and stormy economic waters. That means , that most of the reasons above are similarly dangerous as a knife attack or car accident. Do they know how long people can survive outside without a taxi coming, or a severely ill person doesn’t know how to get corona test and treatment or little children having an empty stomach because of no school meals and so on? If they feel a burden with a phone call they should quit and seek another, even more lazy job. Unbelievable!

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

to complain that shoppers weren’t keeping their distance at supermarket checkouts

Thanks to all the ultraparanoid and fearmongering peoples and media news!

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

License plates from prefectures where there is coronavirus? These People really need to get a life. How utterly pathetic.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Even if it is important for the whistleblower, it may not be in the category that the police can handle. Before calling the police, you should think carefully whether your adviser should be the police.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Hey if its night and the countryside and Im stuck out middle of nowhere and can’t get out, why can’t I call a cop? If its winter its deadly.

I am in need of assistance, he or she is a public officer assigned to help those who call them.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Every households used to had "yellow pages". That was when the landlines were still dominant, but 

that has been changed. Nowadays, fewer and fewer people are connected to NTT. And even if you have an issue of directory, the emergency no. keeps adding-up. Almost everyone has their own cell/smartphone but the older generation could barely operate theirs.

Except for the bummer in the supermarket, give them some slack.

Assuming you all live here in Japan:

Anybody knows the number to call when you had an accident on expressway?

How about number to call during disaster?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

What kind of a moron calls 110 for non-emergency? In some countries, you get penalized for that.

asking for a ride home in police cars because there were no taxis

What are you a complete moron who is unable to phone a cab office?

and inquiries about what to do for meals for children who had to stay home while schools were closed.

Police are not responsible for your diet options. Are you brain dead and unable to go and buy a Bento?

I am saying this because two years ago when my sister-in-law came for a visit, her husband was phoning her every day asking her what he should eat!!! I, my wife and my-father-in-law called him an idiot.

What is society in Japan coming to?? Unable to think for themselves in the era of convenience where all decisions are made by someone and their brains are starting to atrophy...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Use caller ID, and charge them 10,000 yen per crank call.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Such silly and childish behaviors always make me disappointed as one of Japanese citizens. How narrow-minded they are. It's time to give penalties for those who make non-urgent calls to public officials.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

inquiries about what to do for meals for children who had to stay home while schools were closed.

I hope the reply was (TV commercial voice) "Hungry? Cup Noodle!"

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The number 119 for ambulance/fire-engine is also abused.

The NPA has asked the public to phone the help hotline (#9110) for mundane requests that would otherwise deter police from responding to accidents and disasters

But hopefully, #9110 is a direct call service. People are often troubled with automatic instructions.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

For those who came to Japan from not too distant past, usually the numbers to call are #110,

119 and #118 in a particular emergencies. People get used to calling #110 in most cases even

during fire and emergency "inquiries". But when the police were overwhelmed, they added the

#9110 about 3 years ago. These particular numbers are for mundane request and emergency

"inquiries" only. Anyone recognize the difference between the two? Yes, because we used to

call #110 for the same purposes.

In my opinion, a person who bad-mouth a relative in public or social media has an issue

in his head compared to a mother who is mere concerned about her children who has nothing to

eat at home because perhaps she is away at work and the school had closed. Just like in any

other countries, parents work and kid are supposed to eat their lunches at school because they are

being paid.

What is society in Japan coming to??

At lease we don't storm the Imperial Palace, kill a guard and be proud of it.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

They do takeaways, fix Windows PC’s, smartphones, lost pets

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is not the first time that the NPA has made this request. Seems like every year for the past decade at least, they repeat the same thing.

Time to start kicking people's butts!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

As a matter of speaking, the NPA ’s been doing the #9110 campaign during summer/autumn for the past 30 years especially around Sept. 11 (keisatsu soudan no hi) police consultation day. Banners are being flown. Still, many are confused with the numbers. #9110 and #110 . However, Hyaku-to ban is very much identified in Japanese society.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not surprised in a country where every public toilet blasts at your in a cheerful voice how exactly and correctly you should be using it. Where explanatory stickers are pretty much everywhere on everything. You don't need common sense in Japan, it’s been taken care of it for you.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Not hard to connect the dots between these calls and the learned helplessness that's the hidden agenda in every educational effort in the country - unless you're a product of that system. Throw yourself on the mercy of your superiors and hope for the best...

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Kinda silly to hear comments about collapse of morals and society.

125 million people can call one number for emergencies. The fact that there thousands of needless ones is something that will always happen.

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However, the NPA said 19.3% of calls had nothing to do with crimes or accidents.

> Examples given were people calling 110 to complain that shoppers weren’t keeping their distance at supermarket checkouts; complaints about cars with license plates from certain prefectures coming to prefectures where coronavirus cases were low at the time;

some asking where they could get a PCR test for the coronavirus;

others asking for a ride home in police cars because there were no taxis;

and inquiries about what to do for meals for children who had to stay home while schools were closed.

Of course there are also people who complain about suspicious foreigners, even those foreigners just passing in from of them or doing their live without disturbing anyone. After that complain those foreigners just being checked, for doing nothing except because lonesome make complain to emergency number.

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