Teacher’s Colleagues Shocked after he is Arrested while Moonlighting at Host Club

 Teacher’s Colleagues Shocked after he is Arrested while Moonlighting at Host Club

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A junior high school math teacher in Japan who was secretly working at a host club was arrested after reportedly seeking favor from a plain-clothed police officer.

The teacher, who lived with his parents, had apparently been working two or three times a week at a host club since about August 2022.

A host club is a sort of entertainment venue in Japan where clients pay to spend time with male staff known as hosts who engage in attentive and flirty conversation, distribute drinks, and play games.

On February 11, the teacher reportedly approached a female plainclothes police officer stationed on a roadway in Nagoya’s Naka Ward. According to Aichi Prefectural Police, the guy approached the officer and asked if she would like to come to the host club.

He was arrested on suspicion of violating the prefecture’s nuisance prevention code, which prohibits aggressive touting.

Despite that the case was sent to the Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office as a potential violation of Japan’s entertainment business law, the teacher was not charged and was freed on March 3.

Part-timers, on the other hand, are exempt from such rules.

Working 20 hours per week as a part-time teacher at a municipal junior high school, the man in his twenties earned 2,829 yen (about $21) each hour. Because the person is not a regular city employee, he is not barred from doing a second job outside of his usual working hours. Nonetheless, the Nagoya Municipal Board of Education found the incident shocking as its members “did not expect him to be a host.”

“He did not display any problematic behavior at school,” an education board official was quoted as saying. “We hear that he had been taking his teaching job seriously,”

While the board is apparently thinking of disciplinary action against the man, members are taking care not to violate his rights or discriminate against his chosen occupation.

“It’s very hard to decide how we should view the (teacher’s) side job as a host,” another member of the board explained. “We will consider establishing certain regulations, but it’s something we can’t easily decide on.”

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