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December 08, 2003

City Backs Racist Teacher

Saturday's Japan Times reported that the Fukuoka Municipal Government urged the court on Friday to reject a damages suit filed against the city and an elementary school teacher who is accused of physically and verbally abusing a 9-year-old student. The abuse is said to have started after the teacher discovered during a home visit that the boy's great-grandfather was American. Apart from physical abuse, he is accused of racial slurs and urging the boy to commit suicide. The boy and his parents are seeking compensation of 13 million yen from the city and the 46-year-old teacher. In Friday's session, the municipal government admitted the teacher, who has been suspended for six months, did commit some of the alleged acts. The teacher did not enter a plea as he has not found a lawyer. In contrast, the case has attracted a legal team of over 500 lawyers to defend the boy's case.

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