A kindergarten in Osaka City has reportedly been handing out systematic punishments to toddlers of Korean and Chinese descent as a disciplinary measure for being born with foreign blood and being raised with “wicked ideas”.
A prefectural government official questioned the Tsukamoto Kindergarten principal, Yasunori Kagoike, and his wife, who serves as deputy principal, in January after the local government was tipped off by a parent whose child had endured a total of 60 hours in solitary confinement and around 120 hours of hard labor since April last year.
Any child with Korean or Chinese descent has been segregated to the east division of the Tsukamoto Kindergarten in Yodogawa Ward (operated by Moritomo Gakuen – an educational entity) and tasked with an intensive 8-hour a day manual labor schedule.
Last year, foreign inmates posing as Japanese were forced to construct a 1:5 scale railway line stretching the length of the playground for transporting regular children in between classes and during the extended lunch break period.
“I hate Koreans and Chinese – the problem is that children who have inherited the spirit of these people exist in our country with the looks of Japanese children,” Yasunori Kagoike said in a letter to parents.
“My pure blood and beautiful skin complexion can only survive if these evil spirited reprobates are beaten into recognizing their own blood line.”
Toddlers who resisted work or were caught with contraband were thrown into solitary confinement – sometimes for the entire remainder of the school day.
The worst offenders were forced to memorize Japan’s Imperial Rescript on Education—an 1890 edict that was used to promote militaristic education before and during World War II.
“Mummy! Mummy!” one toddler reportedly said upon release after spending the whole afternoon locked up in a two-by-two-meter playpen.
Moritomo Gakuen has also recently come under public scrutiny over the purchase of a plot of land owned by the central government in Toyonaka, Osaka, for around only 10 per cent of the appraised amount. However, the public has been reassured that the plot is intended for a private elementary school with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie as its honorary principal.
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