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|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Tabloid Tidbits: Trouble teacher collared for trespassing 2008,06,08
Sports Nippon 6/4
From a Hokkaido teacher bedding her junior high school pupil to a Fukuoka education group boss convicted for molesting his female employees, but the standout errant educator in the tabloids this week was the sacked elementary school teacher arrested for trespassing.
At first glance, arresting Toshiro Watanabe for going into an elementary school ground on its local sports day would seem a bit harsh, especially as most schools tend to make themselves available to their local communities at such times.
But 35-year-old Watanabe is a special case.
The former Saitama Prefecture elementary school teacher admitted he was in the school in Tokyo's Setagaya-ku, but told the police he only "wanted to take photos of the children," according to Sports Nippon (6/4).
Watanabe has been in trouble before over photos of children, notably the snapshot of the body of a child killed in a car accident that he posted on the Internet, earning a conviction in July last year for breaking the Law for Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
Watanabe escaped a prison sentence despite his conviction, but was placed on five years probation, meaning his arrest for the June 1 alleged incursion onto the school ground may seem him sent behind bars.
With a circulation of over 1 million, Sports Nippon is the largest of Japan's sports newspapers, national dailies with heavy doses of sports, entertainment and news stories often shunned by the mainstream broadsheets.
Despite the tendency to go for less respectable content, coverage is generally attributed and sources are named.
Sports newspapers are known for their huge, banner headlines printed in multiple colors and often with lots of word play.
Sports Nippon Newspapers is affiliated with the Mainichi Newspapers.
(Mainichi Japan) June 8, 2008