• Saga


Shame on The Japan Times for implicitly joining in with the wholly unjustified criticism of teachers who have retired early to avoid cuts to their retirement allowance. The use of the word “dodge” in the Jan. 23 article titled “Teachers retire to dodge benefit cut” implies that teachers are doing something dishonest or immoral.

In fact, it is the teachers who have been wronged. Teaching school in any country, and especially in Japan, involves a life of commitment to long working hours with few holidays and a stressful environment. No one enters the teaching profession to make money; it is relatively poorly paid. Why, then, after perhaps 40 years of selfless work are teachers subjected to such ingratitude and suddenly faced with such a swingeing financial penalty?

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