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In fiscal 2019, 273 teachers at public schools across the country received disciplinary action or a reprimand for sexual misconduct, the second-highest figure on record, according to the ministry.

Isn't these acts a crime? There should be no reprimand ir disciplinary action. The only thing that should be done is the Police should be notified and the pervert arrested and sent to Jail. It is hard to un-normalize something that WAS the norm.

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Just because some du..arse teachers couldn't keep their hands to themselves, everyone else is being punished, too. Get rid of those offenders, dump 'em. But give students a chance to have some "support lessons and counseling" when needed.

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Japan's education ministry on Friday pushed for stricter enforcement against the use of personal communication via social media between teachers and students, in the wake of some educators being disciplined for sexual misconduct.

Like @ricky mentioned, only because some of very small portion this rule being implemented to every educators. There are plenty good cases that healthy human relation in form of between teachers and students also teachers and alumnae because they maintain contacts. Some of teachers even can provide really good guidance for their students and alumnae , through these contacts.

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@Ricky SanchezToday

Isn't these acts a crime? 

Not necessarily, if something goes against the rules of the school it becomes sexual misconduct, even if it is not a crime. Maybe letting a door close when talking to a student, or telling a girl her skirt is too short and her underwear is showing, things like that.

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I don’t know, perhaps the communication should be on a public forum or really between the parents and teacher only.

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@Ricky Sanchez

Isn't these acts a crime? 

In most cases in Japan, sexual misconduct with people 13 and over is considered a crime only if the parent decides to pursue legal recourse. Typically, teachers apologize and are allowed to resign with dignity and then work in another board of education.

I personally believe that there isn't a need for teacher/student personal contact outside of school. What is it that the teacher needs to say that can't be communicated in school or to the parent?

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273 received disciplinary action last year.... in my estimation after 30 years in public and private schools, this is just the tip of a very big iceberg!

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*A sample resume template, modified to include prior criminal punishments and disciplinary action, was also attached to the notice as a measure to prevent other municipalities from hiring potential educators who attempt to hide past dismissals or disciplinary action.*

This blows my mind. After I got my teaching license and started applying for jobs in Georgia, I had to submit a police background check for every position in every district (county, city...) I applied to, including traffic violations. The different BOEs also keep these information on file and share it. I cannot believe that is not done here with the level of micromanagement that is found everywhere.

My sister works for the BOE in Georgia largest district and all communication between students, parents, teachers and administration is to be conducted only through official school email accounts (the school district provides email addresses to all students). Anything else can get your disciplined at least and maybe even fired. I can't understand why school, especially high school, don' t do that here. Then again, I get 8,000 pieces of paper from my kids' schools each week, so I guess I know why.

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It seems outrageous that we have to even think about making a rule to prevent teachers from preying on or hooking up with their students. But that's the world we live in. A few losers have disproportional impact on the rest. I support the stricter measures.

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Sickening ‘state of affairs’ here @collegepark30349. Most ‘flag waivers’ here will defend even the deplorable actions of known pedophiles to continue to exalt their xenophobic and misguide, nationalistic dogma, at ALL costs. Even the acknowledged and still, “legal” rape of innocent adolescents and children.

In most cases in Japan, sexual misconduct with people 13 and over is considered a crime only if the parent decides to pursue legal recourse. Typically, teachers apologize and are allowed to resign with dignity and then work in another board of education.” -

Credit to @JJ Jetplane 8:09am. Thanks*

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One additional note @collegepark30349: IF monetary “compensation” is paid to the child’s family, most cases are not prosecuted and the perpetrator receives a reprimand and/or moves on to other victims in other jurisdictions. There is NO national sex offenders list in Japan.

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Very simple, a copy of all contacts should automatically be forwarded to the parent of the child.

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I’d be more worried about creepy university student guys who work in cram schools and prey on 15-16 year old school girls.

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Pedophiles should be arrested, charged , detained, sentenced, incarcerated and placed on a sex register.

Not transferred to a new school.

Japan needs to stop protecting these animals. Restricting SMS is only treating the symptom, but also ignoring the cause.

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Another way to communicate will be used. If not SNS, traditional methods may be utilized.

"Japan pushes stricter enforcement over teacher, student SNS contact"

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In fiscal 2019, 273 teachers at public schools across the country received disciplinary action or a reprimand for sexual misconduct, the second-highest figure on record, according to the ministry.

Why limit it only to public schools ? Or the ministry is trying to tell us private schools and city and prefectural schools are not under their jurisdiction, I beg to differ, so far as schools are receiving subsidy and got acreditted by the ministry, the new guideline should extend to every school.

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I worked one year at a girls high school and it was disturbing to me that other teacher's expected me to have relationships with the pupils.

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Joe UncToday  11:44 am JST

Pedophiles should be arrested, charged , detained, sentenced, incarcerated and placed on a sex register.

And never be allowed to be in the field of education ever again.

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letsberealisticToday  12:56 pm JST

I worked one year at a girls high school and it was disturbing to me that other teacher's expected me to have relationships with the pupils.

It's all over the world and it's time to quit shoving it under the rug. We live in a pervert rape culture.

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I worked one year at a girls high school and it was disturbing to me that other teacher's expected me to have relationships with the pupils.

You should of secretly filmed the other teachers and uploaded on the internet.

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Elsewhere, fifteen will get you twenty. Here, hentai will get plenty fifteen.

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