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 researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)