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School bullying cases increase in Japan in 2019

  • March 12, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 2:17 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)–The number of school bullying cases handled by Japanese police in 2019 increased from the previous year to 203, with 266 students arrested or taken into custody, government data showed Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of elementary to high school students arrested or taken into custody for using violence at school fell 34 to 690, according to the National Police Agency data.

The total is on a downtrend, but the number of elementary school kids taken into custody for such an act rose to 160, twice the level five years before.

Of the total bullying cases, 113 involved violence and injury, while the number of social media-linked cases amounting to a violation of the law against child prostitution and pornography stood at 42.

Of the total 266 bullies, 66 were elementary school children, 140 were junior high school students, and 60 were senior high school students.

Sometimes, revenge against bullies turn into serious cases. In July last year, a boy in his second year of junior high school in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, killed a schoolmate in retaliation. Two other cases in which students attempted murder were confirmed last year.

Of the 203 bullying victims surveyed, 55.7 pct said they consulted their parents or other guardians about bullying, down from the previous year’s 73 pct. Meanwhile, 22.2 pct said they did not talk to anyone about their problem, marking an increase.

The number of junior high school students arrested or taken into custody for violence at school fell 37 to 427. The number dropped seven to 103 for senior high school students but rose by 10 for elementary school kids.

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