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Naha schools get manuals how to handle calls

Date Posted: 2003-03-15

Local Okinawa schools are receiving unsolicited phone calls from loan sharks making allegations about employees. According to the Okinawa Board of Education, several schools in the Naha area have recently received phone calls from what they describe as shady characters representing unlicensed consumer credit lenders.

A call to one school claimed that one of the teachers had borrowed money and failed to pay it back. The caller demanded the teacher be brought to the phone, or else some unspecified unpleasant things might happen at the school. “I can’t even guarantee the safety of the children,” the caller reportedly said.

Another phone call to another school claimed that the parents of a student had borrowed money that was past the due date. The caller then demanded the student be brought outside “because I need to talk to him about his parents.” He also reportedly referred to an incident a few years back when a deranged man stabbed several students to death after entering a school in Osaka. “You never know whether those things can happen again,” the caller stated.

According to the Board of Education, several schools received similar calls from mid-January to the end of February. The same man apparently made all calls. The board also contacted Naha Police, who have begun an investigation and reportedly beefed up police patrols in the vicinity of schools. So far, police have failed to identify the caller.

The Board has prepared a manual to all schools, advising how to handle such calls. The manuals were delivered to all schools in Naha in late January. “Our foremost concern is the safety of the children,” a member of the board said. “They should not be exposed to these troubles, the adults should handle them,” he said.

As the local economy has worsened, many people have turned to unlicensed moneylenders. They ask no guarantors, but charge such exorbitant interest that it becomes nearly impossible to pay the loan back. They are also notorious for their strong-arm collection tactics. The police say that it is often difficult to catch these operators, as their office often is the cellular telephone in their pocket.

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