This guy sucks
I just posted this on my blog, but sticking it here too, for greater exposure and more ideas!
It takes alot to piss me off. But this guy has done it with flying colours. It appears there is a certain professor at a certain univeristy in Kyoto who is nothing short of a lecherous pervert. Actually, there's probably more than one, but this guy is something special. He is a senior professor in charge of certain papers. And during the course of his paper, the girls in his first-year class can not pass unless they do something special.
This man has friends in the Japanese Army. So, he coerces the girls in his class (whether it's all of them, or just the ones to his liking, I don't know) to go along on "group dates" with members of the army. I outlined the deal with "group dating" in a previous entry, so won't go into it here. When I heard this, I was absolutely livid. I got this story out of my girlfriend tonight over dinner. She had to go along to one of these things.
The girls must go along and be charming for the army men, pour their drinks, and as if that weren't enough, exchange their phone numbers to ensure future contact.
Is there any academic reason at all behind this? What's the reason for it? Well, it turns out that the official reason given by the professor is that army guys are apparently too busy to find girlfriends themselves, so he helps hook them up. By pimping out his pretty young students. It's like doing a national service or something.
This perversity forced my girlfriend to actually withdraw from her paper. Now, on her record sheet which I saw tonight, the long string of about thirty marks of high-80s or 90s, is marred by a single "did not complete". She actually had the misfortune of enrolling in two papers taken by the same professor, and so was forced to go along with this prostitution twice - hence her dropping the paper.
The man himself is mid-to-high 70s, apparently. And despite being able-bodied, rolls around campus in a wheelchair so he can get his young first-year students to help him with certain tasks. All the students second-year or above know about him, apparently, and so do some of the teachers. But he has ties to important people and politicians, and so nobody does anything about him, and just keeps quiet. The only reason I found out about this was because I asked her about that "did not complete" on my girlfriend's record sheet. She said she didn't want to do anything about it, as "he'll die soon anyway".
Luckily, she had the sense and courage to drop her paper (a big deal in Academic Japan). But several of her ex-classmates are now girlfriends of members of the army - as the bureaucratic pressure combined with the natural subservience of the Japanese woman doesn't leave alot of options.
I know this guy's name and the papers he takes, but I'm refraining from writing them on here in case of any unexpected legal defamation problems that may arrive. At any rate, I really want to do something about this. Any ideas? Nobody would get away with this in New Zealand, or any other first world country, I'd expect. It's just the Japanese unwillingness to rock the boat that's letting this continue, and I'm not having it.
Anybody got any (legal) ideas for what to do?
Y'know, I had this fine plan, but then you start demanding that stuff should be legal.
Originally Posted by Sherman
You might try to point out the story to some newspaper though. I don't know how the japanese press would react, but if possible dragging this shit into the public eye might shame the authorities into taking action.
Yeah, I agree, you must take this to the authorities or at least get this public. What he is doing is illegal (at least by western standards), I would go to the police first, if that doesn't work, there must be some sort of women's charity for victims of sexual harrasment/discrimination. If that fails, go to the press. I don't know about you, but I could never live it down if I didn't do something about this.
Now if this happened somewhere in North America or Europe that guy would get his ass in prison at the drop of a hat.
Now I'm not sure whether what this guy is doing would warrant arrest and prosecution in Japan, but Wikipedia has an article on Japanese law with a couple of useless links at the bottom.
Personally, I'd suggest going to the cops and try to get the guy arrested. If that doesn't work, leak it to the press, as stated previously. It does seem to work remarkably well in Japan.
Leak it to the press for sure. With "all the second years and above" being aware of it, it shouldn't be hard to get testimonials.
If he has ties with important people then leaking this to the press may be the most effective solution indeed (though you should try the other ways before, like going to the police to explain the case).
Originally Posted by Saizou
Originally Posted by Saizou
Originally Posted by 98abaile
I'd agree with that but, it seems doing so is not that easy because:
Originally Posted by Aikido
I wouldn't know how it is in the places you live (or Japan) but, here, trying to deal with people with power (or people who have ties with people with power) is nearly impossible. Especially in a case like this were you can end up sued for defamation. Sherman would need support from the students in order to back up his claim; however, people seem to rather not mess with him due to his ties.
Originally Posted by Sherman
I think, if you are really going to take this to the press, you should make sure you get enough support, people who can actually back-up your claims, and hard evidence.
I'm about to go crazy just having read this.
Yes going to the press is a good idea, but I don't know much about Japanese media and what's needed in order to get taken seriously or if there's shit that might end up jeapardising the integrity of this issue.
Going to authorities might work more; I'm sure you could bring something up along the lines of illegal prostitution or illegit escort service? You should bring it up with some authorities of the Uni as well for some sort of academic misconduct. Student bodies, the dean of the faculty, the vice-chancellor or whatever it's called there, heck I'm sure the Uni has some sort of place students can go to for formal complaints and appeals?
Btw why did you mention NZ? That seemed sorta random.
PS yeah like dante and you have pointed out, you might end up getting yourself into shit as well. You'll have a big evidential burden on your hands if thinks start going legal. And if his ties are really crazy then you should also watch your back.
As many people have already said: tell the press, and reveal all of those scumbags for what they really are.
Yeah, I'll have to ask her about it a bit more seriously and see what she reckons. If I can't even get her to participate, then I doubt I could get any strangers to.
My mother emailed me and told me to remove it from my blog as I could be identified by higher-ups and erased.... kinda scary.
And I mentioned NZ cos that's where I'm from :)
Anyway, going away for the weekend, will check back in next week!