|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Shukan Hoseki 1/1 By (RC)Ryann Connell
“Let's go to a love hotel,” the 41-year-old elementary school teacher said to the young girl, a lecherous look in his eye.
Visions of brand-name bags and jewelry danced before the girl's eyes.
“O.K.,”she said, “but be gentle.”
The teacher was gentle.
He even asked the minor's permission when he left the hotel room.
Trouble was, he didn't come back.
And - except for the young girl - he didn't leave anything ;not even the money to pay for the room.
But the lass acted quickly.
A simple phone call and the teacher was arrested quicker than he could do up his fly.
“Why did you leave her without paying?” police inter asked.
“I thought if I paid,it'd be prostitution.”
The Osaka teacher's story is just one of the many similar cases that have flooded the media this year.
Little wonder, as the number of sex crimes involving public school teachers has doubled over the past five years.
Shukan Hoseki(1/1) goes into an in-depth look at what has caused the rapid proliferation of “dirty teachers.”
“It's not so much that the teachers are bad - the kids have become terrible.
It all started at the end of the 80s.
At every school there used to be class ringleaders among students and teachers used to keep strict control by using them as an example to frighten other students,” says Masaaki Tokushima (not his real name),a retired high school teacher.
“Once teachers lost their power over the ringleaders, kids just started doing whatever they wanted and things got totally out of control.”
Shukan Hoseki says that teachers got weaker,students got stronger and the instructors lost their hold over what went on in the classroom.
From there, teachers simply gave up hope.
Once teachers lost the desire to help children develop, it was a case of “anything goes.”
And it often did, with students frequently serving as willing helpers.
While students' behavior has worsened in general, girls are more guilty than boys.
A love hotel employee notes that many high school girls have recently become regulars at his place of work.
“About 20 percent of our customers are high-school girls, twice the percentage they used to be.
They even come in wearing their uniforms.
The men they come with are all much older.
Times don't matter either. They stay for about two hours.
It's all a business for them.”
A karaoke box operator - one of the many whose business would collapse without high-school girl clients - says he often hears customers talking about what they'd get if they “do it” with certain teachers.
Shukan Hoseki notes the Ministry of Education says it is doing “everything it can to combat obscenity by teachers.”
But the magazine adds that the ministry is full of hot air;the hearings,training and inspections it holds to counter the “dirty teachers” merely amounting to “more talk” among bureaucrats.
So what should be done?
Television producer Terry Ito offers his solution.
“Anyone applying to become a teacher should have to write an essays on the ‘Sex I'll never forget.’”
Ito says the only way to ensure that teachers can maintain a proper relationship with female students is if they are sexually satisfied, although he adds that “a few of the girls probably wouldn't mind a little sexual harassment if their teacher looked like (SMAP heartthrob) Takuya Kimura.”(RC)