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February 18, 2003

Strange School Rules

In an aside to a recent survey on Japanese education, the Japan Information Network included the following strange school rules reported by pollees: at one elementary school, students are required to do everything in pairs; at a coeducational middle school, the boys and girls are not allowed to speak with each other; a 35-year-old mother notes that her old high school did not allow the students to talk to students from another school; another parent recalls that when she attended a girls high school, students were only allowed to use 30 centimeters of toilet paper per trip to the bathroom.

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