A Japanese schoolteacher put duct tape over the mouth of a seven-year-old girl to stop her spreading germs to other pupils, a report said on Wednesday.
The male teacher taped up the girl's mouth as she readied to serve lunch to others in her class in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, because she had forgotten to bring her own face mask, the Sankei Shimbun reported.
Japanese schoolchildren serve and eat their school lunches in their own classrooms. Most schools require them to cover their mouth and nose while they serve.
The teacher apologised to the girl and her parents, the paper said, after an anonymous call was made to school authorities.
A fault line running just below the No. 2 reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co.'s nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active, a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded for the second time. (The Japan News)
Japan's education minister Hakubun Shimomura suggested Thursday that school curriculum guidelines be revised so as to allow elementary school English-language education to start in the third grade. (Jiji Press)
According to various Japanese news sources, 83-year-old retiree Yasuji Shibata was arrested for selling obscene material via an Internet auction in April for 3,400 yen (about US$28) after police found explicit photos in his home on November 16. (rocketnews24.com)
Police raided Internet proxy server operators across Japan on Wednesday over a spate of online banking fraud cases, with at least two of the operators suspected of helping illegal access from China. (Jiji Press)
Chinese fans expressed an outpouring of sorrow for the death of veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura, who rocketed to stardom here and became an icon who could bridge the icy relations that exist between the two nations. (Asahi)
Kyoto Prefectural Police on Wednesday morning arrested Chisako Kakehi, a 67-year-old woman linked to a number of mysterious deaths, for poisoning her husband last year, reports public broadcaster NHK (Nov. 19). (Tokyo Reporter)
On Saturday, officers from the Shinjuku Police Station arrested Masako Suzuki, a 31-year-old model with a background in the securities industry, and Yasutaka Okamura, the 66-year-old president of a financial firm, for falsely accusing the president of a chain of restaurants of rape and demanding payment, reports Sports Hochi. (Tokyo Reporter)