Japan Sees Record 540,000 Bullying Cases in FY 2018

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Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japan saw a record 543,933 cases of bullying at elementary to high schools and special schools in fiscal 2018, up 129,555 from the previous year, an education ministry survey showed Thursday.

Serious cases, in which bullying severely affected victims' mental or physical well-being or went as far as to threaten their lives, rose by 128 to 602, highest since the law to prevent bullying was enforced in 2013. Most of the cases were seen at junior high schools.

Schools are recognizing and responding to bullying quickly, the ministry said of the growth in bullying cases.

In the year to March this year, bullying cases increased by 108,723 to 425,844 at elementary schools, by 17,280 to 97,704 at junior high schools and by 2,920 to 17,709 at high schools.

Marked increases were seen among first- to fourth-graders at elementary schools.

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