A municipal junior high school student in the central Japan city of Ichinomiya who jumped to death last week blamed his teacher in his suicide note, it was learned Monday.
"My homeroom teacher has entirely destroyed my life," said the note, stored on a game device of the 14-year-old third-grader of the Azai junior high school in the Aichi Prefecture city. He handed the device to a friend on the very day he jumped from a commercial building in the city of Osaka in western Japan on Feb. 6.
At a news conference, Takashi Ueda, the school's principal, said there were inappropriate acts by the male teacher. The city's board of education will set up a third-party investigative panel, while the teacher in question will be suspended until the end of March.
The teacher repeatedly made specific students, including the boy, do the chore of distributing papers. In addition, some of the teacher's interactions with the boy's parents over his injury during a school sports festival were inappropriate, according to Ueda.
The Japanese government is planning to reduce penalties for those who plot serious crimes like terrorism but turn themselves in before actually committing them under a contentious anti-conspiracy bill it is preparing, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
Car-bicycle collisions accounted for about 40 pct of fatal traffic accidents in Japan last year in which passenger cars bumped into other vehicles as they encountered at intersections or other parts of the road, a National Police Agency survey has revealed. (Jiji)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday sought to deny allegations that he is linked to an Osaka-based ultranationalist kindergarten as the public outcry over the operator and its alleged efforts to indoctrinate children with xenophobia and pre-war militarism grows. (Japan Times)
Manhole covers are trending high in Japan and for good reason -- they're stunning! Only in Japan are manholes to cover sewage designed so beautifully that they now make MANHOLE TRADING CARDS! (ONLY in JAPAN)