Japanese School Teacher Threatens Students With A "Death Note"

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A 30-something year-old teacher in Fukushima, Japan has apologized for threatening to put the names of grade school students in a “Death Note.”

A “Death Note” refers to the notebook in the popular anime and manga. People whose names are written in the notebook end up dead.

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According to The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun, the teacher even showed four students an image of Death Note on his tablet computer, saying “I’m gonna write your name in the ‘Death Note.’”

The newspaper doesn’t clarify if the image the teacher showed was from the Death Note manga, anime, or live-action movies.

The school held a briefing about what happened with the teacher apologizing to the children’s parents. The school’s principal told the newspaper that the teacher’s method of warning the children was “unsuitable.”


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.