Schools may condone or even encourage the physical punishment of students. Hitting a child, either with the hand or with a implement (e.g. a cane, rod, or strap), forcing a child to assume physically debilitating positions (e.g. kneeling, holding the arms above the head), subjecting a child to physical dangers (e.g. holding a live electrical wire, forcing the ingestion of purgatives), or otherwise assaulting a child: physical abuse is considered an appropriate means to exact obedience and respect from the child.
Corporal punishment in schools was traditionally used to teach students to be loyal to nation and sovereign, unquestioningly obedient and hardened to physical pain.
Although Japanese law prohibits corporal punishment in schools, statistics show that one Japanese student dies at the hands of a teacher every two years. Popular opinion is still in favour of corporal punishment: when a 16 year old girl died after her teacher slammed her head against a stone pillar because she did not agree that her skirt was too short, some 75,000 people across the country signed a petition supporting the teacher.