A quarter of all urgent calls to Japan's police not emergencies - including a blocked toilet

A quarter of all urgent calls to Japan's police not emergencies - including a blocked toilet

TOKYO - A quarter of all urgent calls to the Japanese police last year were not emergencies, including one in which the caller asked for help removing an insect from their ear.

More than two million of those who dialled 110 - Japan's emergency police number - were calling with requests for assistance in less-than dire situations, a survey by the National Police Agency has shown.

They included a report that a vending machine had not coughed up the right change, a blocked toilet at home, and someone having trouble recalling a forgotten smartphone password. In another case, someone rang police to report the toilet paper had run out in a public toilet.

Jiji Press, citing agency figures, said on Sunday that frivolous calls in 2014 were down slightly on the year before, but still accounted for more than 24 per cent of the over 8.5 million that police received.

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