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Chiba teacher suspended for touching student’s breast

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A 26-year-old teacher at a high school in Chiba Prefecture has been suspended after a female student reported that he touched her breast at school, the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education said.

According to reports, at around 6:10 p.m. on July 7, the teacher was conducting a one-on-one guidance session for the 16-year-old student on writing resumes, when he approached her and touched her breast. The student called her homeroom teacher after returning home, reporting the incident.

The teacher has reportedly admitted to touching the student, and was quoted as saying he “(doesn’t) know why” he did it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The teacher was suspended from work, while the school principal was penalized with a three-month salary cut for not preventing the incident through stricter supervision, the board said.

This is the fourth case in which a teacher has been suspended for inappropriate behavior toward students, including sexual approaches and taking indecent photographs of minors, in Chiba Prefecture since the beginning of the academic year in April. There were only three cases in the past year, board officials said, pointing out the recent increase in related incidents.

The board will hold an informal gathering in August for all prefectural schools in a bid to address the severity of sexually-related incidents at school  and prevent potential cases in the future.

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Suspended? Fire him!

Why has the principal's pay been docked? All teachers in Japan know that this is inappropriate/criminal.

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Yikes! Needs to find a new profession pronto,,,  Wonder why you never hear of the Dad coming to the school to defend his daughter's honor,,,

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in england, teachers must have the door open when alone with a student. not sure about the specifics of this incident, but if there is a third witness, and it can be confirmed, the perv should be sent to prison.

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The teacher has reportedly admitted to touching the student, and was quoted as saying he “(doesn’t) know why” he did it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Huge plot maybe?

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fire the perve but leave the principal out of it. what's he supposed to do? sit in on every "guidance" session?

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And again.... Yup, please do hold a meeting about it.... then do nothing.

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It’s good these girls are finally finding it possible to speak up, be heard and for action --even if it isn’t enough-- being taken. Just imagine how much goes unreported. Speak up girls and women of Japan. We support you 110%.

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I'm glad my school has cameras in the classrooms. This teacher should be fired on the spot.

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Let's be a little more specific here, did touch mean a tap or a more prolonged contact?

Because as it stands, the whole thing sounded rather victimless. Female had her breast poked. She was threatened, she wasn't scared. And a man loses his job ... sounds a bit disproportionate though I'm sure we have many feminists here who disagree.

Maybe what should be done is educate Japan's females to act more like anime characters over minor events like these. Either make a yelp, brush it off strongly, or just put a punch in the man and whatever you do don't act or feel like the world has fallen down. It isn't worth it, in more meanings than one.

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Unforgivable behaviour! How he dare desecrate the name of the "teacher", a figure raising all the proper and upright values in little kids, being their guides into the world for a whole decade. He must be suspended indefinitely, but blaming the principle for not being omnipotent is simply witch hunting and does not belong in a civilized society. Show some justice to the children as well, punishing everyone in hope that it would prevent such teacher from appearing is simply foolish. This better?

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Kazuaki Shimazaki

Agreed. There's not enough evidence here to know exactly what happened.

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I'm sure the teacher did admit hetouch the breast... By accident!

This makes him a "lucky sukebe"

Lucky sukebe directly translates to "lucky pervert", referring to moments of accidental perversion. A typical example would be a male protagonist falling over and accidentally grabbing a heroine's breasts.

The teacher need not be fired over an accident.

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Harsh on the Principal. Wow.

The teacher has reportedly admitted to touching the student, and was quoted as saying he “(doesn’t) know why” he did it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

I think we know why, and he should lose his job if true.

As a male teacher, the golden rule here is absolutely under no circumstances should you be alone with a female student - for your own sake. You can't afford the risk. I would be very, very wary of it. And if you are, you need to retain a healthy distance between you and the girl.

I'm guessing he has a thing for her and has orchestrated a situation where they are alone, then taken action.

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The principal was punished because the teacher was a pervert? They didn't take away the teacher's license to teach? He was suspended for a few months and that's it?

The problem here is that the girl is not considered a minor, so it's not much of an offense in Japan, it's just simply bad behavior.

Disgusting !

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If he does not know why he did it, he should be the one to go back to school.

I know why he instinctively did it. Nothing wrong if he gets a huge slap to tell him never to try again.

Strange she reported it to her teacher. I mean when you are normal, you tell that to your parents. Oh sorry, it's Japan.

If he assaulted her, he should be fired and sued. The way it is written, it seems a simple touch.

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Strange she reported it to her teacher. I mean when you are normal, you tell that to your parents. Oh sorry, it's Japan.

Perhaps she was traumatised? Confused as to who she could confide in? In case, I dunno, someone questioned her integrity like she wasn't "normal".

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Just suspended? This is a crime, he should be in jail.

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FFS! How many times....

Until the authorities take this seriously and teachers are properly vetted the abuse of children awhile at school will continue.

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Kazuaki Shimazaki

did touch mean a tap or a more prolonged contact?

Yeah, and did the perp shoot the victim five times, or only once? What's the difference?

the whole thing sounded rather victimless. Female had her breast poked

Because it is totally fine to go around poking women in the breast. Everyone knows that.

though I'm sure we have many feminists here who disagree

Many people who know that women deserve to be treated with respect, too.

Maybe what should be done is educate Japan's females

As the onus is on the women to prevent males acting inappropriately towards them, obviously.

Perhaps, in the interest of brevity, I should have quoted your post in its entirity, and simply responded with "Ugh"

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Strange she reported it to her teacher. I mean when you are normal, you tell that to your parents. 

The homeroom teacher is the proxy parent. I remember one girl ran away from home in Tokyo to Osaka. It was her homeroom teacher that went to pick her up, not her parents.

This teacher is just another young Japanese sukkebe boy that never grew up past 13, like most of them. His punishment does not match the crime. He committed a sexual assault on a minor while in a position of authority and should be facing 7-10 in the pen. It seems wrong the principal was punished with a salary cut, but you can bet that, no male teacher will ever be alone with a female student again. I often teach private lessons and do coaching for TEAP, EIKEN, IELTS and TOEFL to female senior high students, but there is no way I will take hem to a private room. I either sit in the teacher/student common room or in the hallway. Furthermore, I always make sure there is more than one student. Taking a young female student into a private room is just asking for trouble.

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Doesn't know why he did it? Well, the simple reason is he thought he could get away with it.

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Strange she reported it to her teacher. I mean when you are normal, you tell that to your parents. 

There are all sorts of variables that could affect who she told. Bad relationship with parents, parents at work, parents out of town, particularly good relationship with teacher, teacher just happened to be available, she told the first adult she found etc etc etc.

None of those have anything to do with whether or not she was normal.

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First, why the parents of the girl don't go to the school and confront the pervert?

Second, why the parents of the girl don't go to the police?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It seems like reports of rape, chikans, and unwanted sexual advances are on the rise in Japan. So is it that the incidents are on an increase or is it that girls and women in Japan are finally now starting to report them.

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t seems like reports of rape, chikans, and unwanted sexual advances are on the rise in Japan.

"Seems" and "are" are different things. Don't fall into the logical fallacy of believing that because you read more about these things, that more are happening. There are all sorts of reasons that could explain why you would read more about it, even if the numbers were falling. The amount you read about an incident happening in a nation of 130 million people is not indicative of the actual degree to which it's happening. That can only be accurately determined through analysis of actual numbers, not through the number of articles in the news.

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