Esports Causes Controversy at Japanese School

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Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)--Introducing esports, or competitive video gaming, as an after-school extracurricular activity remains controversial in Japan.

In January, Takahiro Inose, principal of Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai High School, proposed setting up an esports club.

"After-school club activities are one of the catalysts for students to come to school. It's good to see students enjoy themselves," Inose said.

His proposal comes as an interprefectural esports competition is scheduled to take place for the first time during a national athletic meet that the eastern Japan prefecture of Ibaraki is set to host in autumn this year.

Inose held an esports trial session for students and teachers last month in an effort to rally support for his proposal.

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