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06:33 am: Keep your doors locked
The student guidance office gave another speech to the teachers at the morning meeting yesterday, asking them to warn the students against the latest spree of delinquent behavior: sweater-wearing. That's right, students are not supposed to wear sweaters. Why, one might ask? Apparently the school has been getting complaints from the residents that students are walking by wearing sweaters instead of or over their school blazers. Thus, with the blazers not visible, the residents are not able to tell which school the students attend. This is a Serious Problem. (I suppose it's because, were the students to do something deserving of being reported, the locals won't know to which school to report.) So the students have to be warned that, if they wear sweaters, they have to wear them under their blazers, or else sweaters will be banned entirely.

On a more sinister note, it seems a man got into the school in the wee hours of the morning yesterday (around 3am) through an open window on the first floor, possibly as a burglary attempt. I'm told that someone called the police, who came and arrested him.

Today is the English seminar, being held at a nearby women's college. I've been named as the MC for the event, plus I'll be giving a 20-minute speech about "Life in Japan." ...I'm probably going to talk about getting lost.

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