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Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl

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A 29-year-old teacher from Osaka has resigned from her position after receiving a six-month suspension for taking a part-time job as a call girl.

After racking up 2 million yen in unpaid credit card bills buying clothes and makeup, the unnamed high school teacher took the part-time job to pay off her debt. Over the course of 105 days (from October, 2012 to April, 2013), she earned a total of approximately 1,600,000 yen.

Apparently, she’d kept her credit card problems hidden from her family and needed a way to get a lot of money fast. To do so, she started working at an out-of-the-way “hotel health” service. (At one point in time, Osaka seems to have had a large number of massage parlors that served as fronts for prostitution. After they were all shut down by the police, “hotel health” services sprung up, whereby prostitutes are sent to hotel rooms for “health services,” basically a call girl service, making them more difficult to bust.)

So, how did she get caught?

While you might be picturing something out of a movie with a shame-faced principal, a school board member, or a student’s parent, the truth is a little less shocking. Someone anonymously sent an email to the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education containing the teacher’s name, the school she worked at, the name of the “hotel health” service, and a link to the service’s website, which had a picture of the teacher with her face blurred out.

On May 2, she was suspended by the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education for six months. The same day she tendered her resignation, in addition to issuing an apology to her students. She offered this as way of explanation to the Board of Education, “I was reluctant to go enter the sex industry, but I was being pressed to pay [my bills] and was at my wits’ end.” She said she’d also planned to use part of the money to pay off student loans from university.

The Board of Education issued a statement as well, saying, “This is an unprecedented scandal. We deeply apologize for causing trouble for our students and their guardians.”

Source: Sankei News

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The Board of Education issued a statement as well, saying, “This is an unprecedented scandal. We deeply apologize for causing trouble for our students and their guardians.”

Unprecedented? Sounds to me that they aren't the ones getting screwed here.

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This is an unprecedented scandal.

Unprecedented insofar as while it's generally acceptable for the teachers to pay for such services, it's apparently taboo to provide the goods.

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Considering 1 in 80 of Japanese women have at some stage in their life worked in the sex industry, this is no surprise. There's probably dozens, if not hundreds, of poorly paid teachers sidelining like this.

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1 in 80?! Can you provide a reference please?

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Criminal charges are standing by

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. . . it's generally acceptable for the teachers to pay for such services, it's apparently taboo to provide the goods

Got to love that double standard. Men can patronize prostitutes all they want, but women can't be prostitutes.

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Men can patronize prostitutes all they want, but women can't be prostitutes.

To some extent ... but men can't be prostitutes either. And as for the taboo, I think the problem was more that she was a teacher, a position that in Japan still has some stature. Students look to her for guidance, and this isn't the kind of guidance parents want her to provide.

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Why can't they live within their means? Now she has loss her job, face, and dignity... Was it worth it?? For those expensive handbags and make up.

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Is there a pic of this lady?

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Criminal charges are standing by

For what exactly?

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"We deeply apologize for causing trouble for our students and their guardians."

Trouble? I would think high school students couldn't care less.

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Well at least she as something to fall back on.

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Got to love that double standard. Men can patronize prostitutes all they want, but women can't be prostitutes.

Thank the US Government, and it's warped Judeo-Christian hangups regarding anything to do with sex as being "dirty" for making prostitution illegal in Japan.

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She is not the only one..

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Prostitution is illegal but the story makes no mention of arrest, charges, police investigation etc., which seems like really strange journalism. The school board is obliged to report evidence of criminal activity to the police. Did this happen?

Anyway, six months work suspension seems pretty lenient for Japan.

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Anyway, six months work suspension seems pretty lenient for Japan.

If you happened to read the article she resigned. Which means she quit because of pressure no doubt.

Prostitution is illegal but the story makes no mention of arrest, charges, police investigation etc., which seems like really strange journalism. The school board is obliged to report evidence of criminal activity to the police. Did this happen?

Kind of hard to charge her for something alleged and after the fact. If you also noticed while someone gave her name, her face was blurred out which gives deniability. No one was "hurt" other than the image of the BOE and school.

I can just imagine the boys in her school and what they are thinking right about now.

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WOW!

In the United States, she would have been outright fired & lose her right to teach children.

In Japan, ah, no problem, six-month suspension.

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Jeff hard to prove anything illegal happened.

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Good gracious! A girl gets in over her head with credit card bills (not on food or rent but on name brand fashion) and resorts to selling her body to make ends meet!

I wonder if other girls have ever done anything like this...

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She's an entrepreneur providing a service for which there is an insatiable demand and well rewarded for her efforts. Pretty Woman comes to mind, as does Trading Places.

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There is no crime here and nothing to be sorry for on a criminal front. Hypocrisy from all those apologizing.

It should be the parents who repent because obviously they never said No to their lovely. When she got on her own, she was ill-equipped to deal with consequences for her recklessness and selfishness. So many parents unwittingly create monsters, though they may be cute and voluptuous and beyond reproach in their formative years.

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Crazy, why shouldn't she sell her services if she wants?? Teachers work long hours for low pay and anyway a teaching job is not a position commanding respect these days. 50 years ago maybe but not now.

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I actually think shes rather exemplary - Teaching the kids the value of hard work, and all. Not scrounging off her parents to pay her debts, as many Japanese do.

And as others have said, she wont be the first or the last to do this.

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@Mark

She resigned after that. I guess they practically fired her. They just couldn't fire her for some lawful reason...or maybe this is the Japanese way to fire a teacher.

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Sex with numerous partners is not exactly desirable now is it? Many potential diseases and HPV. I prefer a more conservative woman myself, little to no risk.

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"Why can't they live within their means? Now she has loss her job, face, and dignity... Was it worth it?? For those expensive handbags and make up."

Your kidding right? She will now go full time into the "Hotel Health" Industry and make quadruple what she was making at the school, with nothing to loose now as you mentioned she has already lost her " job, face, and dignity". This could have been handled better and without losing her to the sex industry completely.

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Well, on the bright side, she can now enter the service full-time and make a lot more. I'm just worried about the family.

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FarmboyMay. 06, 2013 - 07:58AM JST

Men can patronize prostitutes all they want, but women can't be prostitutes. To some extent ... but men can't be prostitutes either.

I have to correct you here Farmboy. Men can legally be prostitutes in Japan, provided they're gay prostitutes. You see Japan's prostitution legislation is very narrowly defined, and only vaginal sex is considered prostitution. Men, lacking vaginas, fall outside of the scope of the prostitution laws. Go into certain areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and other big cities and you'll see "rent boy" (or rather rento boi) signs openly advertising male prostitution.

Of course this ex-teacher may not be liable for charges if she only provided non-vaginal sex (e.g. handjobs, etc.) since then, legally-speaking, she wouldn't be a prostitute.

Either way though, with student loans to repay and credit card debt it is nearly a certainty that she is going to be returning to her hotel (or a similar institution) now that she's unemployed. The Osaka board of education should have been more concerned with this young woman's future and less concerned with what she did in her private time.

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I wonder who spilled the beans? Was it one of her students or another teacher?

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I am more surprised that she had time to take on a part time job . High school teachers work long hours , and are expected to run the school clubs in the weekends. The salaries for teachers for the first 5 years are really quite low.

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@dukeleto, nope not kidding. Why go to college, get a degree, payback tuition with sex money if the industry paid quadruple? Waste of time and money to begin with.

She's back to square one, but with debt....

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Thinking more of this story, the double standard is way out there. She is disciplined , 6 months suspension, and she hands in her resignation but teachers who assault their students usually seem to get away with it.

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@keroyon

As a government employee she was barred by her contract from any other paid employment. So she basically fired herself by choosing to break that contract.

Having said which, the faux moral outrage is laughable. Everyone likes sex. Admit it.

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" Someone anonymously sent an email to the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education containing the teacher’s name, the school she worked at, the name of the “hotel health” service, and a link to the service’s website, which had a picture of the teacher with her face blurred out. "

So how did they recognize her, when her face was blurred out??

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Frungy:

" Of course this ex-teacher may not be liable for charges if she only provided non-vaginal sex (e.g. handjobs, etc.) since then, legally-speaking, she wouldn't be a prostitute. "

Exactly, and that is what "delivery health" services provide. That is why they are legal. This woman is being railroaded by a bunch of hypocrites.

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Everyone likes sex. Admit it.

OK, OK lucabrasi, you win... I admit it! ;~)

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How exactly do you rack up a 2-million-yen credit-card debt? In clothes and makeup? I’m sorry but I am into expensive hobbies such as pianos and computers, but I know when to stop buying before going into debt.

How is it even possible anyway? If you don’t pay your credit-card bill they lock your card until you do, which means she had a ton of credit cards and went way out of her way to rack up that bill (knowing fully well that several of her cards were off and she was in debt while continuing to purchase things) or she bought $20,000 worth of clothes and makeup all in 1 month before the card had time to get shot off.

Either way, clearly her own fault.

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I wonder if her tachers wages were low, or if she cant control her (spending) habbit?

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@keroyon52: That's my point. In America she would have been fired, their is no resigning about it.

@lucabrasi: You are very correct. I work with a lot of master labor contract workers & I can tell you for a fact that they get away with nearly everything.

They rarely get fired. Usually, they just get moved to another department.

One Japanese guy stole my wallet & I had to fight to get him fired. The police did an investigation & determined that he was the guy that stole my wallet, yet, three months afterward, he still had his job.

I had to force the issue to get him fired & his supervisor gave me attitude, as if I was the person in the wrong.

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How about the other way around? Would you want a male teacher who is a prostitute or perhaps an adult video actor teaching your Junior high / High school daughters or sons? I ask because, years ago, I knew someone who had a part time job as an AV actor and taught at a JH/HS teaching English.

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James D. DunnMay. 06, 2013 - 11:53AM JST How about the other way around? Would you want a male teacher who is a prostitute or perhaps an adult video actor teaching your Junior high / High school daughters or sons? I ask because, years ago, I knew someone who had a part time job as an AV actor and taught at a JH/HS teaching English.

I wouldn't care as long as they were discrete and didn't discuss their work at school. In the same way I wouldn't care if my kids' teacher was gay, or into being bound and spanked on the weekends. It really is none of my business what other people do in their free time.

... and seriously, would this girl have been fired if an angry ex-boyfriend had mailed the BoE with pictures of her explaining that he had bought her dinner and taken her to a movie and then she gave him a bj? No, because that is PRIVATE. Worse yet it would be blackmail and harassment.

That's whats going on here, blackmail and harassment, helped along by the BoE.

Now what might be an interesting question was whether she was declaring her extra earnings and paying tax. If she wasn't then they might have a leg to stand on, but as matters are reported this is absolutely NONE of the BoE's business.

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The whole episode indicate a terrible problem with Japanese society. Instead of going in to root cause of problem and resolving the issue peoples are just blaming each other.

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Frungy,

Thanks for the info. I didn't realize - no vagina, no sex, and prostitution never happened. I stand corrected.

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No one is asking the most important question: is she hot?

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I don't have an issue as long as she was not soliciting students to work for her, she should have the right to do as she pleases in her free time.

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Kind of hard to charge her for something alleged and after the fact.

She admits it. In addition, collecting more evidence in such a case would be straightforward, since they already know the location and other details.

"After the fact"

So people can't be charged for crimes that continued until the previous month? What a bizarre legal concept.

Jeff hard to prove anything illegal happened

After from the details in the email. And the fact that she admitted it. and the fact she has been officially reprimanded for doing....um, what, exactly? Ah, something illegal.

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Prostitution is illegal but the story makes no mention of arrest, charges, police investigation etc., which seems like really strange journalism.

The story didn't mention it because it didn't, and won't happen. The statute making prostitution illegal in Japan is seldom enforced solely for the act of engaging in sex for payment, and for the women who do so, provides for no specific penalties. If the police want to force a woman out of the skin trade, they will use some other charge, such as "being a public nuisance," or "running a business that exploits women."

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She'll end up with a career in porn.

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good on her what she does in her time is totally her choice as long as the kids she teachers arent affected by it.

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sounds like a father of one of the kids recognised her when he was visiting the establishment, ah fixing the plumbing (his part time job as a plumber) LOL

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To be honest, I feel sorry for teacher.

OK, so she made a mistake in excessively spending on clothes and makeup. I think many of us had overspent ourselves at some time.

But she's trying to pay it off. OK, it is prostitution, but darn it it is at base a service like any other and really the options to massively increase your money earning capability when you are a schoolteacher is sorely limited. She's willing to trade her pride to pay it off.

The other option is to weasel out under bankruptcy. OK, I understand some people NEED bankruptcy to start over, but at base it is weaseling out of your debt. She's trying not to do that. Isn't that something?

So, just as she is on course to paying those debts back, they effectively fire her and if we assume she doesn't become a full time prostitute, she'll have to file bankruptcy. We all lose.

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@Kazuaki

You're obviously a sympathetic guy. Agree 100%.

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It's a sad story, but as a teacher and public servant she was supposed to live by a set of values and ethics and would have been aware of that. If she were fired from a private company I would have more sympathy for her.

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sounds like a father of one of the kids recognised her when he was visiting the establishment, ah fixing the plumbing (his part time job as a plumber) LOL

Did you even take the time to read the article before commenting?

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@lucabrasi

As a government employee she was barred by her contract from any other paid employment. So she basically fired herself by choosing to break that contract.

Not necessarily, the article does not state if she was a hourly waged teacher, a pt teacher, contracted teacher, or ft teacher.

If she were pt or hourly waged, she very well could work a separate position. And the BOE only suspended her, she resigned on her own. (But I'll bet she did so because of pressure)

Blame Hashimoto....

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As a government employee she was barred by her contract from any other paid employment. So she basically fired herself by choosing to break that contract.

Not necessarily, if she was an hourly teacher or PT teacher there is no problem with working a second job.

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is she hot?

Not a all according to the article :

A 29-year-old ....Over the course of 105 days (from October, 2012 to April, 2013), she earned a total of approximately 1,600,000 yen.

16 000 yen a day.

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@yyj72

It's a sad story, but as a teacher and public servant she was supposed to live by a set of values and ethics and would have been aware of that. If she were fired from a private company I would have more sympathy for her.

No one is trying to say she didn't make a single mistake.

But you really have to wonder. What are the options she had, once she made the mistake of borrowing too much?

1) She can go beg her parents, and since she's an adult this is effectively dumping her own troubles onto someone else. 2) She can declare bankruptcy, which as I've said is effectively weaseling out of her debt 3) She can try to work it off by "honest" means, but as a public servant she breaks the rules once she moonlights in any way. Besides, "honest" means won't bring a lot of money and so she'll be lucky if she even catches up to the 20% interest rate credit cards tend to heap. In any case, it'll take a long time which means a long time (years) she won't be able to put 100% into her regular work. 4) She can do as she did, which will allow at least the chance of a relatively rapid recovery.

Of the 4, 1 and 2 would probably be considered legal and above-board, 3 would be illegal but probably still above-board, and 4 would be considered illegal and morally dubious - this is despite the fact it is causes the least burden to others.

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3) She can try to work it off by "honest" means, but as a public servant she breaks the rules once she moonlights in any way.

This is based upon an assumption of information that is not in the article. If you have information otherwise please share it. It is NOT illegal for non-tenured, part-time, or hourly waged, teachers to moonlight.

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1 in 80? anything to back that up with?

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She obviously had to go - prostitution is illegal in Japan (even if it does exist openly0, she took employment outside of her job without notifying her employer, and there is a fair chance that Japanese employers have a type of "bringing your employer into disrepute" clause in contracts.

I am pretty liberal when it comes to these matters, but have to agree that you cannot have teachers working in prostituion on the side - it is a pretty poor example to students.

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in 80? anything to back that up with?

If that included hostess bars it might be closer to reality.

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and there is a fair chance that Japanese employers have a type of "bringing your employer into disrepute" clause in contracts.

It's a morals clause, and just about every business or company I've heard of here has one, with the exception of course the business she was in....

I agree that this is probably the reason they suspended her, and the reason why she may have been pressured to resign as there is little actual proof other than her own admittance.

Consider this, if she had lied about the situation and told the BOE that it wasnt her, what proof do they actually have? Just a blurred picture, her name and place of work?

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It only the Teacher,s Business, as long as she don,t corrupt her students . Which no allegations have been made . She should be Paid Her lost wages for a lifetime Because the Anomious person was probably on the board and should not been there either..

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What exactly was she suspended for?? Working PT while being a FT employee? If that"s the case, plenty of teachers doing extra tutoring on the side that also need to be suspended.

This smacks of sexism. As many said, yep, guys can pay women for services but heaven forbid a women such as her offer those services.

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Tomorrow perhaps we read about her suicide! Or a story about low wages, or a titillating story about horny female teachers. Maybe about bullying and how co-workers expose each other over matters such as this...or a story about prostitution laws and the enforcement on the provider not the purchaser...has anyone seen a story about a host getting charged? This is pathetic on soooooo many levels.

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I m a getting excited

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Consider this, if she had lied about the situation and told the BOE that it wasnt her, what proof do they actually have? Just a blurred picture, her name and place of work?

There would be other photos. She was denounced. By who ? I doubt her debt is simply with American Express or the Isetan card. Good luck to her to get out of that hell.

What exactly was she suspended for??

For being involved with the Y.

If that included hostess bars it might be closer to reality.

The reality is 1 in 2 has been hostess or companion. That's a typical student short-time job. Some hostesses are borderline prostitutes, border crossed for some, very surely. But the big mass are waitresses in snacks for grandpas and nothing special.

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She was denounced. By who ?

Some busybody who clearly needs to get a life. Public teachers here often subjected to public pitbulls who need to get lives of their own. I worked at a school where the neighbours sent pics of some of the teachers getting in and out of their cars at school. Teachers aren't "allowed" to drive so these folks took pics and sent pics to the BOE. Pathetic indeed.

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I dislike busybodys too, but if I knew my kid's teacher was a prostitute, I'd probably report it

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It's explicitly stated in the terms of employment for a public servant that one must set a good example in terms of values and ethics (because it is essential for good governance). She showed bad judgment getting into deep debt for little more than material consumption, and even worse judgment for choosing to sell herself to pay it off. It may be a tough lesson to learn by losing your job, but she knew the risks and the consequences of being discovered. In the end she will probably turn some more tricks to pay down the bills and then find another job in the private sector, and hopefully learn that designer handbags aren't worth all that hassle.

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I dislike busybodys too, but if I knew my kid's teacher was a prostitute, I'd probably report it

I would suggest that at one point or another everyone at sometime in their lives "prostitute" themselves for one thing or another, and some for sex too!

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Lucabrasi may be right that the teacher had a no moonlighting clause in her contract, but I suspect that if this were contractual it is more likely to infringe the "employees must not bring their employer into disrepute" clause that is in many employment contracts.

With regard to "disrepute", the teachers behaviour was, as the school put it "an unprecedented scandal" and "troubling" and thus bound to infringe in any 'no disrepute' clause in the teacher's contract, if such existed.

The legality of the situation however is unclear, especially since the teacher worked in hotel bedrooms where no outside party can know what occurred.

The "hotel health" service is, while thought undesirable, as part of the "fuuzoku" or sexual entertainment industry, highly regulated (such as regarding opening times, and areas where introductory establishments can exist, and who can work at such establishments), legal if in the worker does not provide coital sex, which is highly illegal, and for good reason imho since it is likely to result in the transmission of AIDS.

The Japanese legal system - as others, but I believe more so - allows a highly-regulated, legal, but socially reprehensible grey area in situations where it is felt that legal attempts to completely eliminate such activities would result in their proliferation in unregulated ways. "Shitei Bouryokudan" (stipulated violent groups?) are another example.

I doubt that teachers can freely avail themselves of the services of establishments in which this teacher worked as customers. If a teacher were photographed going into, or using, one of these establishments, then that educator might lose their job, under any 'no disrepute' clause.

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women are usually at their wit's end (financially or otherwise) before they have to enter the sex trade. That's why the sex trade ought to be abolished/outlawed altogether.

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@Yubaru

if she was an hourly teacher or PT teacher there is no problem with working a second job.

You're right. My bad for assuming she was full-time....

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women are usually at their wit's end (financially or otherwise) before they have to enter the sex trade. That's why the sex trade ought to be abolished/outlawed altogether.

Or make it totally legal and the government could retire it's debt on the taxes it could make. Freedom of choice!

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I don't see the problem. It's her time and her dime. You have to laugh at the way these people get caught though. There was a case about 15 years ago whereby 3 high school girls from Sendai went to Tokyo to make a porno, so I remember being told. One of their teachers found out and they were in a lot of trouble. There is pretty much only one way the teacher could have found out, so you've got to love the double standards!

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How is it even possible anyway? If you don’t pay your credit-card bill they lock your card until you do, which means she had a ton of credit cards and went way out of her way to rack up that bill (knowing fully well that several of her cards were off and she was in debt while continuing to purchase things) or she bought $20,000 worth of clothes and makeup all in 1 month before the card had time to get shot off.

I take education very seriously, and I agree that this teacher was not a good teacher or example for her HS students, but the prostitution (sex service, whatever you call it) thing is not the reason. She was a bad example for spending lots of money in vanity stuff like clothes and make up, how do you teach your students to live within their own means? "just spend in unnecessary stuff, because that credit cards are for and if you can't pay, enter a rapid-money business (sell your body, sell your kidneys, sell drugs) to pay off your debts"

BAD BAD example.

On the other hand, what it is suspicious is how they caught her, maybe she was so obvious?, maybe she awoke the envy of her colleagues or moms with her stylish wardrobe and handbags, which clearly she couldn't pay, If I show up at work with a Luis Vuitton Handbag, which clearly it would take up my month's salary, my colleagues wouldn't mind if it is the only one in, let's say a year, but if I show up with prada clothes, Jimmy choo shoes, gucci glasses, and Esteè lauder make up that change every day it would be suspicious... So someone was onto this girl and had her followed to see what was she doing,...

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Or make it totally legal and the government could retire it's debt on the taxes it could make. Freedom of choice!

Governments can't regulate/tax an industry for which there already exists a healthy black market. It's the same with guns and drugs in the U.S.

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abenomics at its best. pay your people well japan!

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quote: "I doubt that teachers can freely avail themselves of the services of establishments in which this teacher worked as customers. If a teacher were photographed going into, or using, one of these establishments, then that educator might lose their job, under any 'no disrepute' clause."

While I can only speak from personal experience having worked in the public schools, I don't think it would be uncommon at all for male teachers to pay for such services. In fact, from what I observed in some of the schools where I worked, there is definitely a "culture" amongst some male teachers and administrators where such behaviour is tacitly accepted.

I was employed directly with the boards of education in a neighboring town and city for a number of years. On several occasions, after attending the second party after the main staff party (welcome, farewell, year-end parties, etc.), I was invited by male teachers (the majority married), and on one occasion with the principal as well, to go to pink salons, "rub and tugs", and "touch pubs", where you get a lap dance while you fondle and kiss the breasts of the employee. I refused the invitations and stopped attending the after parties in order to avoid having to constantly refuse. Another time, having gotten into a bit of a disagreement with a younger employee at the board of education, we went out to dinner to clear the air. After dinner, to further mend fences, he offered to pay for both us to go and get some fellatio at a pink salon. Although he was not married at the time, he was recently engaged.

I think there is definitely a double standard at play here.

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Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 09:11AM JST In the United States, she would have been outright fired & lose her right to teach childern . ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Not so in US. Each States have different laws. Within each state, each county has different ordinance. If some one resign, she/he can move to other state and can be employed. Also, teachers get well paid everywhere in USA.

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@ fleg Thank you. I stand corrected.

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Silly, silly young woman...

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In the first place, her clothing and makeup expenses shouldn't have driven her into so much debt. Even if the school administration "encouraged" that she improve her professional appearance, there are ways of doing that without spending all your money in the Ginza district.

In the second place, her position as a teacher of minors should have resulted in her finding some OTHER job besides one with such questionable morals.

In the third place, once she CHOSE to go the "hotel service" route, she should never have had her picture put on the internet even IF the face was mosaic'd-out.

As others have noted, just because she was working in the hotel service industry doesn't mean she was breaking Japan's moral turpitude laws and therefore all those calls for her getting arrested are premature. Personally, I admire the courage she had to put her reputation on the line in order to get out of debt even though I don't think she was vary smart to get into that situation in the first place.

"The world's oldest profession" will always be around regardless of what governments try to do to make it illegal. In Muslim theocracies, prostitution is punishable by stoning to death, yet it still exists. It's a universal axiom that you can't legislate morality - at least not successfully. Some countries have found a compromise where it's legal, but only in certain buildings and the government mandates frequent health checks of the workers. The customers are reasonably assured of a clean "product" and the workers are afforded a good amount of security in that they aren't worried about police harassment.

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JoiceRojo May. 06, 2013 - 10:54PM JST I take education very seriously, and I agree that this teacher was not a good teacher or example for her HS students, but the prostitution (sex service, whatever you call it) thing is not the reason. She was a bad example for spending lots of money

How do you know she was not a good teacher? This was more of her private life outside of school. What if the reputable male teacher or company executives had a regular habit of visiting these establishments and paying for sex service? Should the male teacher or the company executive be suspended or fired because prostitution is still illegal in Japan. What makes that difference if your a customer or you are working there? Maybe a double standard?

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teacher's pay may have been the reason for this. Surely she didnt think that it would have been immoral unless she was caught. and when did she have the time to do this?

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She mentioned about student university loan, meaning she went to univ via student loan. Some foreign Jscholars get to study in Japanese univ. with stipends with the stipulation that they go back to their home country and disseminate the knowledge and technology learned here. Most never did it. Some stay here or worse, use it as a stepping stone to self service and a ticket to better paying jobs in the West. When they transgress that stipulation, they're never ask to repay back . But here, the poor Japanese national who dreamed of univ education and avail of student loans are really required to pay. I understand that the term loan and scholarship are two different things. But will the govt/Monbusho/university concerned will be at peace knowing that there are a lot of foreigners graduating from their univ while enticing their young girls in the entertainment jobs? Besides, though not a trend maybe, this could be happening in other parts of the world.

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Reminds me though, there are loans intended for women only. And I understand the reason. That's why, I took a loan from the pref. Problem is, I'm out of job now and the unemployment insurance isn't enough. And the notices keep on coming.

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Governments can't regulate/tax an industry for which there already exists a healthy black market. It's the same with guns and drugs in the U.S.

Ahhh...but if you go back through history a bit you'll see it can and has done so as well.

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JoiceRojo May. 06, 2013 - 10:54PM JST I take education very seriously, and I agree that this teacher was not a good teacher or example for her HS students, but the prostitution (sex service, whatever you call it) thing is not the reason. She was a bad example for spending lots of money

How do you know she was not a good teacher?

One thing about being what is considered a "good" teacher here has nothing to do with how the teacher actually "teaches" but how they follow along with the rules.

Not to say she wasn't a good one either, because if she had a bad reputation I would bet the board would have fired her outright and not just suspended her.

The pressure put on her must have been enormous. Hence her resigning.

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Some busybody who clearly needs to get a life.

That would be possible. But as her debt issues are weird too (you can talk to some advisor and renogociate your debts to avoid the use credit card rates). Her baito is weird too... Then she was not forced to resign. I don't know her, but my bet is she is in deeper sh... than what the article says. .

if I knew my kid's teacher was a prostitute, I'd probably report it

Whatever it is, I would complain openly, in my own name, not send anonymous emails.

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YubaruMay. 07, 2013 - 07:17AM JST but how they follow along with the rules.

What if the reputable male teacher or company executives had a regular habit of visiting these establishments and paying for sex service and employer found out that he didn't follow the company rules? Remember prostitution is still illegal in Japan. Would you bet that the company board would have fired or suspend him? You have to remember, this is Japan and we all know there is double standard.

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What if the reputable male teacher or company executives had a regular habit of visiting these establishments and paying for sex service and employer found out that he didn't follow the company rules?

If he was a teacher, odds are, the same thing would happen if it became public. It has happened before and will probably happen again. I've heard of it happening as well and know a couple of teachers who were suspended as well.

The key phrase however is, "if it became public".

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but how they follow along with the rules.

BTW, instead of "henpecking" a quote to fit your opinion or question, next time try taking the entire quote in context.

It's about a teacher here, and my response was about a teacher as well.

One thing about being what is considered a "good" teacher here has nothing to do with how the teacher actually "teaches" but how they follow along with the rules.

Yes there are double standards, but many of those double standards only last as long as they stay private. If things go public, all bets are off.

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@ Yubaru said: Or make it totally legal and the government could retire it's debt on the taxes it could make. Freedom of choice!

For once I agree with you. Make it legal, tax it, and police it so no underage woman (high school girls, etc ...) are involved in it.

Just like Vegas, man!

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@sfjp330

How do you know she was not a good teacher?

I wasn't referring as the subjects that she actually taught, I was referring as an image of a teacher that would spend lots of money in clothing, accessories and make up, get huge debts, that finds reasonable to enter an easy way to get money road to pay these debts .

I was not talking about the prostitution thing per se.

@yubaru, thank you for your comments

About a male teacher that goes to these places (and it happens here in my country and everywhere), of course there is a double standard... I guess they don't punish the same way if a male teacher goes to those places and a female teacher pays for male dances in a bachelorette party, they are considered both in the same ground as morally reprehensible or even the case of a man less so than a woman...

The reason mainly they go unpunished, i'm guessing a teacher receive a salary so low, they can't afford to pay these kind of services, so they are not inclined to believe that it happens.

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So she got herself in deep with buying crap and had to put out to pay the bills! People are so delusional these days. All the comments were more about weather it's wrong or right or a male/female issue. To me that is all beside the point of the matter. Would she have resorted to whatever if she wasn't so vein as to whore for makeup. It's a sick world.

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Has anyone every read the post "I can wipe off 90 percent of your beauty with a tissue"?

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Who needs a police force when you have civic minded members of the public who are willing to turn you in?!

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Good point, ukip. And ironically, the more 'foreign' your face is in Japan, the more likely you'll be watched and shopped for all sorts of things, trivial or otherwise. We are being watched and talked about all the time!

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Love that this is under the "Whats Hot" heading on the main page!

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what does she think, that money comes out of thin air? Actually it does for the Federal Reserve Bank. They just print it without anything to back it up.

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NO PICS?? Poor thing! I bet another horny pervert teacher ratted on her! Such hypocrisy! Actually I do fell bad for her, and anyway, just want to give her a big hug!

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Mark ElrodMay. 06, 2013 - 09:11AM JST wrote ;In the United States, she would have been outright fired & lose her right to teach children. ...............................................Not so in USA. All she has to do is move to another state and apply for a job. In each county in each state has different ordinance regarding education and schools. Privacy of personnel information custom will rescue her in USA. Teachers get paid a lot everywhere, too.

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Also, there are appealing board if she is fired. While appealing, she.he get paid. Because of teacher shortage everywhere in USA, she/he will have no problem in moving to other places in USA.

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omg isn't she old enough? what's the big deal? women not just in japan but every woman in the world, should have the right to do whatever other part time job they want. hello she needs the money.

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