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West Japan cram school teacher arrested for allegedly binding girl with dog collars

The Nara Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Narumi Nakatsu)

NARA -- A cram school teacher who allegedly attached dog collars to a female student's neck and ankles was arrested here in western Japan on Jan. 7 on suspicion of unlawful arrest and confinement.

The Nara Prefectural Police's Nara Nishi Police Station suspects that Koji Ito, 62, a resident of the city of Nara, restrained the girl in her teens with the collars from around 1 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2019.

Ito is said to have admitted to the allegations. Police are investigating the details of the incident including his motive.

The teacher, who also manages the school, reportedly attached a leash to the collars and forced the girl to study in that state before he later removed them. The girl suffered no physical injuries in the incident, according to the police.

The case came to light after the girl and her mother reported it to the police station on Nov. 20, 2019.

(Japanese original by Keiko Shioji, Nara Bureau)

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