Record 226 School Staffers Punished in Japan for Obscenity (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 27 (Jiji Press)—A record 226 members of the teaching staff at public schools in Japan were disciplined for acts of obscenity or sexual harassment in fiscal 2016 (April 2016–March 2017), up two from the previous year, an education ministry survey showed Wednesday.

An increasing number of such cases were linked to social networking sites and emails, according to the survey.

Overall, 8,038 personnel faced disciplinary measures, including dismissal and admonishment, up about 27%.

The survey covered about 920,000 personnel, including school administrators and teachers at public elementary, junior high, and senior high schools and schools for children with special needs. It was conducted via the education boards of prefectures and major cities.

Of those disciplined for obscene acts or sexual harassment, 89 touched the victim's body, 44 had sexual intercourse and 40 carried out secret filming or peeping. A total of 129 staffers were dismissed.

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