Record 610,000 Bullying Cases Recognized at Schools in Japan

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Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--Bullying cases recognized by elementary, junior high, high and special-needs schools in Japan in fiscal 2019 grew by some 60,000 from the previous year to a record 612,496, the education ministry said Thursday.

The number rose for the sixth straight year and has grown about threefold in that period, led by a sharp increase in cases at elementary schools, according to a survey by the ministry.

The law on promoting measures to prevent bullying took effect in 2013 in response to a high-profile bullying and suicide case involving a junior high school boy in Otsu in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

Fights and teasing are now counted as bullying cases in line with the law.

"(Schools) have recognized bullying cases proactively in order to eliminate them," a ministry official said.

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