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June 13, 2003

Lewd Lecturers on the Increase

Among the 102 teachers at state-run third-level institutions who were disciplined in 2002, a record high 17 cases were of sexual harassment. The latter number was the highest since regulations regarding such behaviour were introduced by the education ministry in 1999. Of the 102, 15 were fired, 21 suspended, 35 had their pay cut and the rest received warnings. Details of the sexual harassment cases included fondling students and slanderous remarks to third parties. The ministry report didn't mention which departments the various teachers taught in, but the universities named include Ehime, Tohoku, Utsunomiya, Yamaguchi, Kagawa and Hitotsubashi.

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