Posted September 20, 2018 12:33:10Japanese schools are taking measures to prevent children from wearing masks as part of an effort to keep their communities safe.
At schools across the country, teachers and students are wearing masks and students who are not wearing one are asked to leave.
The country’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called on schools to follow the same standard as the US.
The prime minister said it was an “extraordinary act of respect” to wear masks in public.
“We have decided to wear protective gear in school buildings,” he said in a speech on September 19.
“It is the right of all Japanese children to be safe and free of any dangers.”
The schools will be equipped with cameras and surveillance equipment, and students will wear face shields.
The masks are a popular feature for young Japanese children, but they have been blamed for some of the country’s recent attacks.
At a news conference on Monday, Mr Abe said the masks were necessary to protect students.
“The schools should protect their children from danger, no matter what age,” he added.
“If we don’t protect them, there will be more tragedies and more terror attacks.”
In recent months, several attacks have been carried out by children aged between five and 12 in Japan.
The number of such attacks in Japan has increased to more than 60 since the beginning of the year.
Japan has recorded a total of 8,942 homicides in 2017, up from 6,814 the year before, according to police figures.
A total of 7,091 of the victims were under the age of 15.
The latest figures also showed that the number of murders in 2017 dropped to 1,749.
The number of killings in 2016 was 6,971.