How far would you go for education?
Or to be more specific, how far are you willing to go to educate your students?
Lest you’re wondering why I’m posing such a complex question, it’s actually pretty straightforward. Simply put, it’s because over in Japan, a university professor has seemingly taken this notion too far…
In the sense that he actually crossed over to illegal realms in the hopes of ‘educating’ his students.
What exactly happened?
According to Channel NewsAsia, a 61-year-old Pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University (in western Japan) is being suspected of getting his pupils to make MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, in 2013 and another so-called “designer drug” 5F-QUPIC last year (2018).
And according to an official from the health industry, the professor was apparently aiming to further the “education” of his pharmaceutical sciences students.
The official also added that the ecstasy allegedly produced has yet to be found, and has “probably been discarded”, according to World Of Buzz.
However, the officials did find traces of another drug in the laboratory.
As Japanese law states that a researcher requires a license issued by regional authorities in order to manufacture narcotics for academic purposes, the professor, known as Iwamura, could potentially face 10 years behind bars.
The investigation had apparently commenced after an outsider had tipped the authorities off.
According to the Japan Times, Iwamura conducts research on dangerous drugs in Japan. These dangerous drugs would commonly refer to drugs that contain chemical agents, which either cause hallucination or stimulation.
The synthetic drug MDMA, for one, functions as a stimulant and hallucinogen and is the primary ingredient in the party drug ecstasy, offering users an increased sense of energy, empathy and pleasure.
5F-QUPIC, on the other hand, is known as 5F-PB-22 and is a cannabis-like drug that was banned in Japan in 2014. This was after the drug’s suspected involvement in causing traffic accidents.
(BTW, anyone else thinks that the names sound very futuristic?)
If you read through the entire article with a certain reminiscence in mind, you’re not alone. Even news media outlets like CNA and World Of Buzz have commented on how similar Iwamura is to Walter White, the fictitious hero of television serial Breaking Bad.
In fact, Channel NewsAsia even stated White’s character description, writing his profile as follows:
“White, played by Bryan Cranston, was a former chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who starts manufacturing crystal methamphetamine to pay for his treatment and provide for his family – sometimes with the help of a former pupil.”
Whether Iwamura’s actually the real-life version of White, however, remains to be ascertained.
Should we find out, however, we’ll be sure to update you guys.
Though we’re 101% no one will know.
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