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Japanese man arrested after publisher receives 24,000 angry calls

April 8, 1997

TOKYO (AP) _ The publishers of a weekly comics magazine knew someone was angry _ they had received more than 24,000 crank calls over three years, either screamed insults or abrupt hang-ups. But they didn’t know who.

Finally, last month, the magazine’s publisher filed a complaint, and police traced the calls to a public telephone, a police official said on customary condition of anonymity.

On Tuesday, police arrested Yutaka Akatsuki, 35, and accused him of making the phone calls. They said he was angry that his drawings had been rejected by ``Weekly Morning.″

Police said Akatsuki was charged with obstructing business activities at the 800,000-circulation magazine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

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