|Another abusive Japanese teacher caught on camera
A video showing a Japanese volleyball coach repeatedly slapping a schoolboy is the latest example of brutality to tarnish Japanese sport.
A short clip posted on YouTube showed the teacher at Hamamatsu Nittai Senior High School in central Japan smacking the student's face at least 13 times in 16 seconds. It was authenticated by the school.
The episode was captured on a mobile phone by another student during a practice game in Gifu, northwest of the city, Sunday. By lunchtime today it had garnered nearly 1.5 million viewings.
“Don't joke around, kid! Do you understand? You're stupid,'' the teacher yells, repeatedly slapping the child.
According to the school, the teacher has admitted the physical abuse of the second-grader, saying: “I wanted to shake him up, but I went about it the wrong way''.
Students in Japan are 16 or 17 years old in second grade of high school.
Toshitaka Shiozawa, assistant principal of the school, told AFP the 41-year-old teacher had also beaten another student on the same day.
In December, a teenager killed himself following repeated physical abuse from his high school basketball coach in Osaka, western Japan.