Japanese student arrested for cheating on exam

11:00 PM on 03.10.2011 // Crystal White

Oh yes, you read that right. Sounds a little crazy, huh? An unnamed 19-year-old boy was arrested for using his cell phone in order to get answers to the Kyoto University entrance exam. The boy used his phone to post test questions to a question and answer website, and after the university caught wind of this, they reported it to the Kyoto police who then arrested the boy. But how could the police justify this case as even being considered a crime? According to The Japan Times Online:

The arrest was based on the allegation that the cheating obstructed Kyoto University's operation to select successful entrants. Obstruction of business is a crime under the Penal Code.

This sounds like a stretch at best, and a poor excuse for the police to permanently sully this boy's name with an arrest on his record. Really, I think these students should be required to hand over their cell phones before taking the exam, or that the boy should simply be failed or disqualified for cheating.

Let's hope nothing like this ever catches on in the States, or we're all going to jail. ...Or at least almost everyone I know is.

Do you think it was right for this boy to be arrested in accordance with the "law" or is this simply an overexertion of force by the police?

[Thanks, Raz!]

Crystal White,
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