A 54-year-old man from Sapporo was arrested August 5 on suspicion of making repeated harassment calls to a Lower House lawmaker, police said.

Kenji Kitagawa allegedly made 62 calls between May 7 and June 20 to Shinshinto lawmaker Yuriko Koike, 45, at her official residence in Minato Ward, Tokyo. During the calls, he reportedly said: “Break off your connection with a television station,” “I will banish you from the political world at the risk of my life” and “I will kill you,” according to police.

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