Police and mass media chase 19 years old student

Police arrest 19-year-old over exam question leaks

The most interesting this week news in Japan is a cheating scam which a student did for the entrance exams at four major universities. It is said that he had used the Yahoo Chiebukuro (knowledge bag) online question and answer bulletin with his cellphone during the exams.
The Police fully investigated the evidence of the cheating scam and arrested him.
Mass media chases his parents, his grandparents, his high school and his cram school.
And they are discussing this a lot everyday. How abnormal!

I’m sad that entering major universities is still very important in Japan although studying for exams is useless and most university students including me don’t study at all.
So far major university students have been ensured to enter major companies.
But now an academic background is useless because of the employment ice age.

I’m worry about my daughters’ education. I hope that they won’t spend valuable time studying for silly exams as I did.

Are there schools which can develop children’s capacity for imagination or useful skill in the world?


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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

20 thoughts on “Police and mass media chase 19 years old student”

  1. our defense minister (guttenberg) lost his job, because media discovered, that his university doctorate was a plagiarism. there is a pressure in Germany too, to have a university diploma – but many students end as TAXI-drivers or as service-stuff for fast food restaurants …

    1. I agree.My brother, having failed a school entrance exam of a particular year, is preparing for two next years. And I also am preparing for one next years.(“Rounin” 浪人)

  2. Hm, sounds a lot like the media here too: if there’s something interesting, mass media will chase after it. I watched this story on Nihon Terebi, so I understand what you mean. It’s a sad story in a way: the boy wanted to stop being a burden on his parents, but obviously cheating was a very bad idea.

    The pressure to get into elite colleges is a problem too. When I was in high school, I remember friends who had similar pressure from their parents. I went to a good University, but not an elite one. It was a positive experience (met my wife 😉 ), but I still got a completely different job. 🙂 I don’t regret it though.

    But yes, I worry about my daughter too. The US education system has many problems too (teachers in Japan are more respected and better paid than in the US), so we are putting her into an alternate, private school that we like. But that will only work until she is about 10. After that, I don’t know. :-/

    1. I see. Thank you for sharing US affairs.
      If we had entered the elite university, we would have to keep competing with our school friends , colleague and the others.
      I used to hear the word old school tie “学閥 gakubatsu” .I don’t know the word remains. I wonder if they enjoy their life.

      Anyway my daughters and I want to have nothing to do with them as you do.

      Private school sounds good though I don’t know well.
      I hope you and I won’t be worry about our children’s education.

      1. hi cocomino, it is similar in singapore- to try for a private or elite school (for 7-18yrs old) is to enter a more middle/upper-middle class world, with more competitiveness and a different , more homogenous, social mentality. the neighbourhood public schools run on similar education syllabuses, and are good for a child to socialise and understand there are people from very different parts of society. – i think having that kind of experience is important for a person.
        to doug: it is disappointing when the main system set up in society for education simply can’t offer a healthy environment for it..

    2. Hello lampoondish.Nice to meet you.Thanks for stopping by. I’m lucky to hear about various countries things.
      I agree that children should know different parts of society.
      Thank you for your attention.

  3. I’m glad we don’t have the same University entrance exam here. But still, even a Bachelor degree from a good University doesn’t mean anything anymore in the US too. My friend has an associate degree only (2 years college study), and got a great job with good pay. But his fiancee, who has her Bachelors, can’t find any job!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and droping a line.
      I think that I can’t survive in US 😉

      As far companies could select their staffs easily to know their university.
      I think companies noticed that these staffs weren’t always useful.

      In that situation how do companies select smart students?
      For example a company’s head said that its official language decided English.
      Most Japanese can’t believe it!
      And Chinese is becoming more important language now.

      Of course language skill is part of them.
      I’ll write about something when the new movement inspires me.

      Thanks in advance.

  4. I was not aware of the existence of “cram schools.” I’m not sure I understand why the student was arrested. He cheated. Did he break a law? It seems to me his test score should have been just thrown out and perhaps he be barred from taking the test again for a period ot time. It’s dreadful with the bad economy that students are competing to get into good colleges, paying thousands of dollars, often coming out with giant student loans to pay back, and still not able to find decent employment. I worry about my son, as well. Too many public schools in the US “teach to the test” and don’t help develop life-long learning skills. That’s one reason homeschooling is on fire in America. Many people cannot afford or do not have access to good private schools.

    1. “Cram school”(private tutoring school) is
      “”The students who fail university entrance examinations often go to “yobiko,”
      special preparatory schools to prepare for the following year’s exams.””
      in dictionaries
      Many students including students who don’t fail go to there and pay much money.

      The student was arrested on charges related to intervention on the bidding.
      Maybe if he really did, he was guilty.
      There might be some students who did same things.

      What I wanted to say was mass media and public opinion was strange a little.
      Certainly I also think that the students situation is dreadful.

      I hope your son will also be happy.

    1. I see. I think that getting education in a prestigious University isn’t always bad.
      There are some great people in the university in just case.
      But I don’t know that they became smart thanks to the university.

      1. I agree with you. I think even if you are taught by a teacher your success mostly depends on your hard work as a learner then on teacher’s skills. Some teacher even CAN’T teach their subject properly(in other words, they are not teachers at all). In our country, maybe, institutions of higher education just get money from students but not give education which worse that money. It is merely business…

  5. With the current job market here, having a better degree can actually hurt one’s chances of getting a job. Better degree = higher pay, and many companies can’t afford to pay people with higher degrees. My sister just finished her Master’s Degree (about 6 years total of college study), and she is having tons of trouble finding a job — more trouble than she had when she only had a Bachelor’s degree (4 years college study).

    1. Certainly they can’t choose various jobs because of their higher degrees of specialties.
      I understood most countries students were having tons of trouble finding a job.
      I wish every students could found a company instead they competed limited employment offers.

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