A 23-year-old teacher has been fired for repeatedly having sex with one of her pupils at school, apparently after he ruined things by bragging about it to classmates who then jealously made a fuss.
The 23-year-old teacher was on temporary assignment to a Saitama prefectural high school, where according to local educational authorities she became intimately acquainted with a second year student.
The pair began exchanging mails and soon matters progressed, with the couple engaging in sexual activities at a school recreation room on at least two occasions.
However, their relationship became the subject of classroom raillery after the boy told his friends, and the teacher found herself forced to explain matters to the headteacher.
As punishment, she was subject to disciplinary dismissal, but faces no charges.
The incident may actually be a welcome example of a proportional response to improper conduct by a teacher (especially compared to the decades long prison sentences and permanent sex offender persecution seen in the US), although it rather underlines the dangers of having sex with male minors, who seemingly face an irresistible urge to brag about their conquest of an older woman to all and sundry.
However, in light of the fact Japanese teachers can apparently keep their jobs even after sexually assaulting pupils, it is perhaps equally an indication of the near untouchability of civil servants in Japan.