A record 141 teachers were punished for committing obscene acts in fiscal 2000, resulting in 71 dismissals, an education ministry report revealed Wednesday.

According to the annual survey by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the number of punished teachers at elementary, junior high and high schools was up by 26 from the previous year’s high of 115, with 1.4 times as many teachers being dismissed for their behavior.

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