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Japanese teacher beats up student for making fun of his body by calling him anime character name

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

With anime being more popular than ever, you can probably walk through just about any junior high school in Japan and overhear students saying an animated character’s name as they talk about their favorite series. The circumstances were a little different, however, on a day in January at Kawachinagano Municipal Middle School in the town of Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture.

During a break between classes, a third-year student (who would have been either 14 or 15 years old) called a 38-year-old male teacher by the name of an anime character because of similarities in their physique. The exact name the teen called the teacher hasn’t been publicly stated, but it wasn’t intended as a compliment, according to the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, implying that the teacher is likely either obese, gaunt, or short.

When the student called the teacher by the anime character’s name a second time, the educator became enraged, grabbing the teen by the front of his shirt and shoving him to the ground, then punching him in the side of the torso and head, near the temple.

This wasn’t the first time things had gotten physical between the two. In May of 2023, an incident occurred in which the teacher put the same student he’d later punch into a “lightly tight” headlock. Since starting work at the school in the spring of 2022, the teacher had been repeatedly made fun of by male students because of his physique, something other school employees were reportedly aware of but did not see as a problem.

Seeing a teacher raining blows on one of their classmates, other students informed other teachers at the school of what happened. The teen suffered light bruises and did not require hospitalization, and the teacher has since apologized to both him and his parents, saying “I was unable to control my anger, and did something inexcusable to a student.” On February 26, the Board of Education announced that the teacher will be docked 10 percent of his pay for three months.

During the same round of disciplinary notices, the board handed down an identical punishment to a 36-year-old teacher at the all-girls Neyagawa Municipal Junior High School in the town of Neyagawa. This was in regard to an incident that took place in December of 2022 in which the teacher took a third-year student for a two-hour drive in his car, during which he held her hand and had her pat his head while they were waiting at signal lights. When asked what possessed him to do such things, the teacher said “I wanted to reward her for reaching her target score in her end-of-term tests, and for her to study hard around New Year’s for her high school entrance exams.”

It all goes to show that it’s important for schools to hire teachers who can maintain a proper, professional relationship with their students, in a nice, healthy medium where they like them enough to resist any urges to beat them up, but without liking them so much that they want to date them.

Source: Sankei Shimbun via Yahoo! Japan News, Mainichi Shimbun

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Reading between the lines on this one, the teacher had probably been enduring the insults for some time, and maybe often. If he followed a professional line of action, he would have raised this with line managers but a lack of action meant that the kid was able to tease him with impunity.

In the end, he reached his limit and taught the kid an old school lesson. People my grandfather's age would have approved.

What I find interesting here is that, by Japanese standards, this isn't seen as a heinous crime either, unlike many Western posters here on JT. Japan has retained a little of the old school, as has other Asian countries. Horses for courses. I always het a kick our of watching the judgy, cultural Imperialist Westerners stamp up and down in outrage here on JT.

What worries me more in this article is the groomer taking one of his girls for a private ride and petting session, though...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

"In the USA, were either incident to happen, outraged parents would be filing lawsuits against the teacher and the school district."

America, your education system is the envy of the world!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

In the USA, were either incident to happen, outraged parents would be filing lawsuits against the teacher and the school district.

Lame apologies are worthless and only enable continued misbehavior.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

punching him in the side of the torso an//d head

the Board of Education announced that the teacher will be docked 10 percent of his pay for three months.

Seems the teacher got off lucky. Assault, child abuse. generally speaking that should be a jail sentence and a large fine and then being sued. Lucky it wasn't my kid. Should not be a teacher if he cant control his temper.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Don't think the student learnt any lesson here, as the only one punished is the teacher.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

That's what kids do. If the teacher can't handle that he or she has no business being there. And if it gets REALLY bad, he or she should be able to kick the kid out. Seems like no one wants to do anything except hope for the best and shirk blame should it come.

I agree, the teacher shouldn't put his hands on any child, that's the parent's job to teach their kids, that is on the parents if they have kids that get out of line, I blame them, my don't and would never do that because I wouldn't tolerate it, but if kids don't think that any repercussions will be coming their way, why would they stop?

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nandakandamanda: "If the kid said it twice, it sounds as if he was deliberately baiting the teacher."

That's what kids do. If the teacher can't handle that he or she has no business being there. And if it gets REALLY bad, he or she should be able to kick the kid out. Seems like no one wants to do anything except hope for the best and shirk blame should it come.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

If the kid said it twice, it sounds as if he was deliberately baiting the teacher.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Paul

Today 10:02 am JST

There should be a system where parents are financially punished for not teaching basic manners to their offsprings

A court case in the US found that parents can be held liable for the child's actions in school (though it was murder in that case). Perhaps there is hope. If parents and schools do nothing about bullying, they should be held liable. I wouldn't say fire them as then it's on the taxpayers for their social welfare (especially with teachers as all the schooling and years needed). Taxpayers shouldn't be punished for that. Community service, anti-bullying programme, anger management for both kid and teacher. And make them work together as equals under a supervisor.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Being called a name is benign. Japan being a Kancho culture is the worst a teacher can face

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Capuchin

Physically assaulting a student and he doesn't even get fired?

The kid wasn't fired (expelled) either. The teacher will probably be relocated, while the kid stays.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Warn the idiot Once / Twice then beat him up for continuing to call you names, may be his parents did not teach him Respect and the school has to do it.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Nibek32

Today 03:21 pm JST

...I am now curious to see what all the fuss is about, no picture of the teacher??

Stock photo looks like. No picture of the kid either.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

And Mandatory anti-bullying sessions for both teachers and students.

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If there is some chance of doing it, they should be taken to court and fined or imprisoned. At the very least they should be banned from ever teaching again.

Ideally, yes. But after prison, without the ability to work in the career they have spent their life working towards, it would be the taxpayers on the hook for his social welfare as he cannot support himself.

A retraining programme needs to be in place...or better yet, a stronger teacher education programme so it doesn't happen in the first place.

Also, the stress for both the teachers and students need to be reduced by: much lower hours (eg 900-1600 for classes, with lunch 1100-1200 and clubs/sports 1200-1300. Everyone leaves at 1600 (4pm). Teachers get at least one period during the school day to do any preparation.).

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It's also illegal.

Color me obvious.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

This is what happens when you hire teachers based on rote-memory testing instead of a REAL practicum and classroom management skills. It also shows what happens when the school allows students to get away with everything instead of being able to suspend them (the kid had been making fun of the teacher and staff knew it but chose to do nothing).

That said, there is no excuse for physical violence by either party, and especially a teacher assaulting a student. It's also unbelievable the guy is not being fired AND sued! But I guess if the BOE did that they'd have to worry about their hiring practices and ethics as a whole, and might lose too many staff, so it's a slap on the wrist and business as usual.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Kids wouldn't have gotten away with the stuff they do today even 10 years ago. 30 years ago it was standard procedure! Kid learnt a lesson, teacher will lose his job. Men don't insult other men without at least knowing that there could be some serious physical consequences for their behaviour. We forget that at our peril. 15 or 16 years is close enough that they need to know this too. Not excusing it, but not lamenting it either.

Unfortunately many 16 year old J high school boys are mentally 9 or 10.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The student is lucky this wasn't in china, North or South Korea.

He would have been carried out of the room in a stretcher. And the teacher would have been given a promotion.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The teacher was rightly disciplined for his actions, but what about the student? He should have been expelled for a week or two for instigation, and disrespect of a teacher. The student will now feel free to do it again either to the same teacher or to another.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Attitude adjustment. Words have consequences and sometimes people have to learn the hard way.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Some comments only care about firing the teacher asap... And care not at all about the bad behaviour of the student...

Harming a student is obviously wrong, no doubt there, but moderation is needed here.

I see:

A bully: the student that has a history with this teacher and wronged him under the "protection" of being a minor. His parents and the school did not respond accordingly to his miss behaviour and neglected educating him. I don't know, but it could have been a regular thing.

A bullied: a teacher that knows he cannot do anything against a stubborn kid. Totally abandoned by the school, that should protect him.

Again, I don't know but, could he have a trauma due his body shape?.

A teacher who loses his patience: and falls under violence. This is probably the result of frustration.

This thinking is one of many interpretation that can be made about this. We lack information and he could he an abuser or the kid could be a dick, or his parents could be absent and that's why he misbehaves, etc....

So show some empathy before firing or jailing the guy.

Also, as far as I heard, teachers life in Japan is harder than many other countries.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

No child should be beaten by a schoolteacher who lost his cool.

> That goes without saying.

Not according to some posters. It's also illegal.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

There should be a system where parents are financially punished for not teaching basic manners to their offsprings. 

Suspensions and expulsions work too if the parents are too worthless to teach their child not to disrespect the teacher. They rarely happen here though. The system just passes their kid through the system even if they are a failure.

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"+ an overly sensitive, thin-skinned ‘educator’ = bad behaviour by all."

Admittedly have arrived late to the party; but SHOULD 'Educators' necessarily by definition, BE THICK-SKINNED?

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The teacher was clearly wrong to beat up a student yes, but the brat was wrong first and should have been hauled in front of the headmaster/school board and then sent home in shame to his parents as punishment. If you don't respect your teachers you have no place in the school. A bully like that should get some punichment too and the parents should have to step up and face the fact that they have raised a bullying idiot and do something about it.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I have some sympathy for the teacher but it’s clearly time for him to find a different line of work.

Seems like the lad is a bully, he should probably be excluded too.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

No child should be beaten by a schoolteacher who lost his cool.

That goes without saying.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

A kid at 14 or 15 should know better. I bet he won’t do it again.

I am now curious to see what all the fuss is about, no picture of the teacher??

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Protestant..

A disrespectful student + an overly sensitive, thin-skinned ‘educator’ = bad behaviour by all.

True. The teacher is obviously not fit to be a teacher. If you are so thin skinned or weak that you let a teenage idiot get under your skin, teaching is not the best career choice.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Hawk

not even offensive either. Simple facts hurt some.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I had to send my child out of Japan during the pandemic due to the bullying he had endured for 5 years students throwing their shoes in the garbage and teachers yelling daily at my child. I fought with the teachers and the principal which included hauling the guy in front of the school board and they did absolutely nothing to him as they have zero power. After my child left the school, a Japanese child in the same grade started getting bullied and the mother complained with the same results, and she moved back to her mother's hometown. That year, I heard the principal was dismissed from that school and sent to another far from Tokyo which meant he got a demotion.

Great for you and glad to hear that the bully got a taste of his medicine. Karma!

2 ( +6 / -4 )

As a former teacher the lack of discipline and any respect by some students can be unbearable.

Yes, the teacher is wrong for his actions, but they were not unprovoked. Other teachers should not tolerate an environment where students can openly mock one of their colleagues.

The other teacher grooming the girl should be banned from working with children.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

As a former teacher the lack of discipline and any respect by some students can be unbearable.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

I don’t believe in beating kids out of sheer rage and anger, but as a disciplinary tool, I’m all for it

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

"Like in many countries, the use of corporal punishment at school is illegal in Japan. In fact in 2020, a law was amended to explicitly and clearly state that all forms of corporal punishment against children are strictly prohibited."

4 ( +9 / -5 )

No child should be beaten by a schoolteacher who lost his cool.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

If I knew that I could get away with punching annoying clients in the head and body, and that my only punishment would be a 10% docking of pay for 3 months, there would be quite a scene at my workplace on a regular basis.

All talk. No walk.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Haaa Nemui,

If this had been two adults in a pub, I would be congratulating the teacher

If this had been two adults in a pub it’s just as likely there would have been an assault charge and criminal record, while the person throwing insults would get off with nothing, or in some places a large monetary award.

*-3**( +0 / -3 )*

The internet tough guys don't like your post but you're totally right.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

If I knew that I could get away with punching annoying clients in the head and body, and that my only punishment would be a 10% docking of pay for 3 months, there would be quite a scene at my workplace on a regular basis.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Now what the story is missing, and probably we all know the answer, is what punishment or what actions were done against the bully student also?!

If you read the article, this is not the first time for the student, and if no action taken (most likely), it won't be the last.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

There should be a system where parents are financially punished for not teaching basic manners to their offsprings. Like deducting 10% of parrens salaries for 6 months.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Mannerless prat of a student needs to learn to have respect for others. Mostlikely comes from a dysfunctional family where parents don't teach manners to their offsprings. And the teacher should be able controll his emotions knowing that students of that age are like a bunch of wild animals believing they know everything and can do anything with impunity.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

the board handed down an identical punishment to a 36-year-old teacher at the all-girls Neyagawa Municipal Junior High School in the town of Neyagawa. This was in regard to an incident that took place in December of 2022 in which the teacher took a third-year student for a two-hour drive in his car, during which he held her hand and had her pat his head while they were waiting at signal lights. When asked what possessed him to do such things, the teacher said “I wanted to reward her for reaching her target score in her end-of-term tests, and for her to study hard around New Year’s for her high school entrance exams.”

I think this story is even worse. Buried the lead on this article a full on sexual predator.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

So, is he going to jail for assaulting a minor? Will he be banned from ever teaching again? Highly unlikely! He will get a pay cut and be back at work next week. Hopefully his parents will pursue criminal charges against the thug.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

If this had been two adults in a pub, I would be congratulating the teacher

If this had been two adults in a pub it’s just as likely there would have been an assault charge and criminal record, while the person throwing insults would get off with nothing, or in some places a large monetary award.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Since starting work at the school in the spring of 2022, the teacher had been repeatedly made fun of by male students because of his physique, something other school employees were reportedly aware of but did not see as a problem.

This is a big failure by the school and the other teachers. I've experienced "being made fun of" at my own school a few times over the years. And it is one of the reasons why I began lifting weights and working out. I'm now much bigger than most of my H.S. kids, and being bigger does make a difference. However, schools need to be more vigilant in disciplining students who bully, no matter who it is directed at.

26 ( +26 / -0 )

Well done...

Student clowns who irrespect teachers must be punished hard..

9 ( +17 / -8 )

Psycho. Throw this person in jail for child abuse.

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

Hopefully the student learned a valuable lesson. If you insult someone there are and should be consequences.

If this had been two adults in a pub, I would be congratulating the teacher but as its a child who thinks he is immune, the kid gets away with it and thinks he is smart. He will now continue to live his life as an entitled brat.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Exactly. The boy may also be in the wrong, but this teacher's response is clearly wrong.

I think not just the boy, but the whole environment of that school is not good. If other school staff are aware and don’t think it is a problem, then the teacher wasn’t getting the support he needed and should have up and left. But he took things too far, twice. Not a great teacher at all, but it did highlight a possible problem with the school itself.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Anyone want to place bets on what the teacher was called? By guess is probably Doraemon.

On February 26, the Board of Education announced that the teacher will be docked 10 percent of his pay for three months.

Physically assaulting a student and he doesn't even get fired? He's probably thinking it was worth the docked pay just to have the opportunity to punch that little brat in the head.

Seems bullying and inappropriate behaviour, whether by teachers or students is most often swept under the rug and ignored. In almost all the cases like this that end up making headlines it seems teachers, students and higher ups were well aware of the issues but no attempts were made to resolve them.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

How was the student bully punished?

27 ( +27 / -0 )

Nah… regardless of what the boy said, this teacher was wrong.

Exactly. The boy may also be in the wrong, but this teacher's response is clearly wrong.

-1 ( +15 / -16 )

I had to send my child out of Japan during the pandemic due to the bullying he had endured for 5 years students throwing their shoes in the garbage and teachers yelling daily at my child. I fought with the teachers and the principal which included hauling the guy in front of the school board and they did absolutely nothing to him as they have zero power. After my child left the school, a Japanese child in the same grade started getting bullied and the mother complained with the same results, and she moved back to her mother's hometown. That year, I heard the principal was dismissed from that school and sent to another far from Tokyo which meant he got a demotion.

20 ( +23 / -3 )

Great teaching. The boy hopefully learned the potential blowback of hurling insults.

It clearly didn’t work the first time. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

Nah… regardless of what the boy said, this teacher was wrong.

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

There should be a ‘maturity test’ for teachers.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Better to be beat up today than dead tomorrow.

Whoa, aren't you wise. Because of course we know that you either use your words, or die. School works that way, right?

-14 ( +13 / -27 )

Yes, imposition of one's position through violence, rather than using your words, is how children should be taught, as any good parent knows, right?

Better to be beat up today than dead tomorrow.

10 ( +23 / -13 )

Great teaching.

Yes, imposition of one's position through violence, rather than using your words, is how children should be taught, as any good parent knows, right?

-7 ( +17 / -24 )

Great teaching. The boy hopefully learned the potential blowback of hurling insults. If that boy were my son, I’d thank the teacher.

27 ( +40 / -13 )

As a former teacher I would say fire both teachers outright. If there is some chance of doing it, they should be taken to court and fined or imprisoned. At the very least they should be banned from ever teaching again.

-9 ( +13 / -22 )

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