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Teenager referred to prosecutors for using smart glasses to cheat on university entrance exam


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Criminal charges for this? This is a joke. I think the Japanese judicial system has actual crimes and criminals that should be pursued instead of this nonsense. I guess just don’t break the rules! Or the pokey for you!

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The Tokyo resident, who was a senior high school student at the time of the alleged offense, could be charged with "obstructing operations" of the private university by taking images of exam papers and posting them on social media with his smartphone on Feb 16 during the entrance test for the School of Creative Science and Engineering.

Not very smart, a dunce in fact.

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I remember the last time this sort of “news” topped the headlines. It was soon forgotten about after an earthquake and tsunami caused a new clear meltdown.

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Should've just asked Chatgpt instead

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If you can't pass entrance exams for high schools or universities in this country nowadays,you must be severely lacking.

Plus the obligatory Kyodo gaslighting last paragraph to include 'foreigners' in the crime.


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Smart. I guess he did a service to alert the universities to check such glasses. I hope he can recover from this as a young man who made a dumb choice.

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The man said during voluntary questioning that he was worried he may not get into a university after performing poorly on standardized tests and being rejected by national universities, they said.

Guess you ain't getting in anywhere now, stupid.

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How many others have used smart glasses around the world without consulting social media?

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Yet another reason to dump testing.

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"If you can't pass entrance exams for high schools or universities in this country nowadays,you must be severely lacking.

Plus the obligatory Kyodo gaslighting last paragraph to include 'foreigners' in the crime.


As someone who once participated in preparing university entrance exams, I'll readily concede that they are far from a perfect measure of knowledge or aptitude. But that they are nonetheless quite competitive. It's survival of the fittest (of sorts)--弱肉強食...I don't see any "gaslighting" here. I taught both Japanese and non-Japanese, and the cheaters (a minority) were of all nationalities.

My own view is that the system should be reformed, with a reduction in the "hierarchy." Universities should be relatively easy to enter, with much stricter standards applied, so that those who are either unable or unwilling to study seriously are weeded out. What graduates actually know and can do should be much more important than the "brand" on their diplomas.

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caused a new clear meltdown.

A what?

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seemed like a creative way to get into the school of creative science and engineering.

i have no doubt that i could not pass an entrance exam, or do well in the sat or act tests today.

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seemed like a creative way to get into the school of creative science and engineering.

Not creative enough not to get caught.

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man is overused here. 20 is considered an adult. This is a National article of a high school student cheating. How sad Japanese people have become.

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Can,'t have been Apple Vision Pro. Too thick and a give away. Some brand of internet capable glasses that don't stick out like a sore thumb? Nothing comes to mind. Also for him to sit there and take photos with his glasses and put the stuff onto social media and not be noticed and even get away with it until somebody outside the examination halll outed him by contacting the university...

Really the invigilators should have got him right away. Much of this doesn't make sense.

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20 is considered an adult.

He is a "specified juvenile" under the Juvenile law, that's why we don't get his name. But technically he's an adult, the age of adulthood was lowered to 18 in 2022.

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How is this a crime though?

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How is this a crime though?

Fraudulent obstruction of business (Penal Code Article 233).

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How is the business obstructed?

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How is the business obstructed?

I can't answer that, I am neither a lawyer nor a prosecutor. It is, however, the charge brought forward against this and other prominent cases in 2022 and 2011.

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If you can't pass entrance exams for high schools or universities in this country nowadays,you must be severely lacking.

Not true at all, unless you want to go to a joke of a school. Despite the declining birth rate, more kids are competing for the same schools, and put in endless hours of cram school to prepare for the tests.

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With technologies these days, especially AI, there will come a time when it will be impossible to tell if a student is cheating or not. One way or another students will find a way to cheat and not get caught. The testers will have to use technology to catch them. That seems possible if only they start now. The only other way is to test completely naked students after checking there pens or pencils and there eyeglasses.

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If you can't pass entrance exams for high schools or universities in this country nowadays,you must be severely lacking.

Some Japanese universities will take you if you have a pulse. There are about 600 of them.

But Waseda is one of the top few, meaning that entrants will be in the top few percent in the country.

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Not so smart. All the cool kids have moved on to Smart Contact Lenses. Way less obvious.

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Police plan to refer to prosecutors an 18-year-old man for allegedly using camera-equipped smart glasses to cheat on an entrance exam and charge him with "obstructing operations"

It just gives me a great sense of calm and security when I see our courts being so wisely utilized and our taxes being so wisely spent on such petty charges as this instead of murder charges like in mass school shootings or massive terrorist attacks!

I know I will sleep more soundly tonight knowing that our men-in-blue are out there on the hunt keeping us safe.

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The effort expended in attempting to cheat, if redirected toward actually studying, might have achieved the desired results. Some people, maybe most of us, enjoy cheating if we can get away with it, but the thrill is in the planning and execution of the scam. The end results can be anticlimactic.

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Well, if they continue with an outdated system, the tech is gonna surpass it.

Maybe judge people, NOT only by one silly test, but also volunteer work, part time job work, extracurricular activities, yearly grades, maybe an essay, recommendation letters and an interview as well?

Nah.........that would be logical.

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Not at all lol

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Not worth it not worth it

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It makes me wonder how many cases of cheating haven't been discovered. Just like when they find out some family member has been collecting their deceased parent's pension, you wonder how common it really is in Japan.

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I really wouldn’t have thought that is a criminal offence.

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Now there is one, out of the rarest and few left and seldomly born resources, who is capable of handling it all already before the real university studies even have begun and what happens? He will be punished and denied, highly probably. lol

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According to the university, those who provided the answers were unaware that the test questions were from actual entrance exams.

Really? I think the image provided by the glasses is very different from what would normally be sent if he was not actually taking the exam.

BTW, how did his "tutors" provide answers? During the exam, or between the two exams (hoping the questions were similar)?

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