|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.|
An Osaka Public elementary schoolteacher known for being handy with a video camera has had his less salubrious works -- starring his students in the nude -- outed by another man just as crooked, Shukan Jitsuwa (12/20) says.
The 52-year-old teacher is facing some very tough questions after a homemade DVD found in his desk showed that he had allegedly been secretly filming elementary schoolgirls as they stripped off for pool sessions or health checks.
"He had over a dozen tapes in his desk, showing scenes where little girls were getting changed for swimming classes or taking their clothes off for health checks," a newspaper reporter covering the case tells Shukan Jitsuwa.
"Police have confirmed he also has photos of the scantily clad little girls."
Parents of children at the elementary school in Kashiwara are shocked, saying the teacher, known for his attention to his pupils, was the most unlikely person to fall under the cloud of suspicion currently hanging over him.
"He was forever taking video of the kids when they went out on events like field trips.
He'd edit the material and hand out DVDs or videos to every single pupil.
It was very kind of him," a parent of one of the teacher's former pupils tells the lowbrow weekly.
Just as shocking as the claims being made about the teacher are the way his alleged misdeeds were discovered.
"Some time around the middle of November, Shogo Kanaguchi, a 30-year-old security guard carrying out a nighttime patrol at the school, opened the drawers in the teacher's desk and discovered the videos with the hidden camera footage on them.
He took some home and copied them onto a DVD, which he put back in the drawer together with a note telling the teacher that he better be prepared to pay up if he wanted to keep his videos a secret," the newspaper hack says.
"After that, Kanaguchi repeatedly sent the teacher demands for up to 1 million yen in hush money."
Petrified, the teacher complained to the police and Kanaguchi was arrested for attempted blackmail.
But the teacher may also have cut his own throat, figuratively speaking, because now he is being investigated on suspicions that his videotaping of the little girls constitute a breach of an Osaka Prefectural Government ordinance outlawing people from creating a public nuisance.
It's an offence that could find him in jail if he's arrested and convicted.
Parents, however, remain outraged at the goings-on.
"On Nov. 30, the school held an explanatory meeting for parents.
People were furious, demanding to know whether their children had been caught on film or whether the teacher had been selling the footage or showing it off in other places," one mother tells Shukan Jitsuwa.
"All the school would say, though, is that the cops are looking into the case and until they've decided what to do the matter was out of their hands."