Man held for making over 50 threatening calls to university
An office worker was arrested Monday on suspicion of phoning Showa Women’s University in Tokyo and threatening to kill its employees, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
Itaru Watanabe, 34, a resident of Setagaya Ward, was quoted by the Tokyo police as allegedly saying: “I got angry because the university canceled its informal promise to hire me.”
According to police investigators, between February and April of this year, Watanabe called the university three times from a pay phone in Shinjuku Ward, threatening female receptionists with statements such as “I’m going to bomb you,” “I’ll kill your staff” and, “Anything going on there? Something might just happen.”
Watanabe also told police that since 2007, he had called the university over 50 times, always from the same pay phone in Shinjuku Ward. This helped investigators, who apprehended Watanabe by staking out the phone.
Watanabe admitted he threatened the university because it revoked an offer of employment. Watanabe was originally offered a contract to work for the university starting in April 2006, but in January of that year the university contacted him saying he would no longer be hired because he lacked the necessary qualifications to be a lecturer.