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.

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.’”

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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 six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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ahorserunning
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Oh come on, if any of my teachers made such a reference I’d laugh and think better of them. This new world sucks, and it’s the kind of ludicrous ultra sensitivity places like this continue to push in an incredibly socially irresponsible manner. But then again it’s easy these days to reduce what I said as if I’m implying I’m fine with teachers giving students DEATH THREATS, and that he’s gonna MURDER THEM. With his anime reference.