Education: Learned Criminals

The 22-year-old student at Tokyo's Aoyama Gakuin University was just plain bored: somehow, he decided, he would have to get rid of his tiresome prostitute sweetheart. And so, one day last fall, Kenjiro Yoshida invited her around to his dormitory and strangled her with a necktie. Three months later, police found her body under the dormitory floor."

In prewar Japan, such an act by a university student would have been unthinkable. Today student crimes have become one of Japan's major problems. Once limited to the well-to-do, higher education is now open to thousands...

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