Three school teachers in Kanagawa Prefecture have been disciplined recently for various infractions, according to TV reports. A 48-year-old teacher at a Chigasaki school driving home from a restaurant was pulled over and found to have imbibed two beers before getting behind the wheel.
The teacher reportedly told police he was having trouble at work, and had completely forgotten about the drunk driving laws. Japan introduced much more severe drunk driving policies countrywide several years ago after a string of fatal accidents.
Another teacher from the Yamato City school district faced six months disciplinary leave for allegedly breaking a student's nose in the course of administering physical punishment, the board of education said. The teacher chose to voluntarily resign.
In the third incident, a teacher is currently serving three months disciplinary leave for giving massages to female students.
The Kanagawa Board of Education issued a statement, saying, “We regret losing the trust of the people of Kanagawa in light of these incidents. We apologize sincerely.”© Japan Today