• Kyodo


Three Japanese students were expelled and a Japanese teacher suspended late Friday for having put on a racy skit during a cultural festival at Northwest University, in the central Chinese city of Xian, on Wednesday.

China’s official Xinhua New Agency reported Saturday that the school, which has about 2,300 students and 1,100 faculty members, is likely to dismiss the teacher but must wait for a decision on the matter from educational authorities.

The three students issued an apology Saturday, saying their acts “severely offended Chinese people” and they regret their actions.

The incident came to a head on Thursday before escalating Friday, as hundreds of Chinese students protested on the campus and took their march into the streets of Xian.

The performance that caused the furor featured a skit in which the students and the teacher dressed in red brassieres and wore paper “genitals” that many Chinese attending the festival found offensive.

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