Article: “School for Takarazuka Revue trainees abolishes harassment-like rules.” Japan Times.

Excerpt: “KOBE – The school training teenage girls to become actresses in the Takarazuka Revue, Japan’s famed all-female musical theater troupe, has abolished absurd and silly rules observed for decades by students, including bowing to trains that might be carrying senior-classmates, school officials said Saturday.

The Takarazuka Music School spent several years trying to abolish the unwritten rules whose origins are unknown, which also include making prescribed facial expressions toward senior-class members and saying only “yes,” “no,” and several other prescribed words when talking with them.

The school officials said although they still place importance on maintaining discipline, they have decided to scrap the rules in consideration of growing social awareness over harassment issues following a spate of scandals involving punishment and bullying in schools and sports clubs.”

May 2021 TOK Prescribed title #4 is centered on whether statistics reveal or conceal. Although this RLE doesn’t specifically mention statistics, with a little bit of research you could find relevant statistics such as:

  • Statistics that show changes in bullying / harassment over time
  • Government statistics vs. statistics published by NGOs
  • How statistics are being reported in the news
  • How statistics are being used to indicate whether progress is being made or not