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Report on Problematic Behaviors of Public School Students

The Ministry of Education (March 13, 2013)


Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Japan

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Japan

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan published an updated version of a national survey, titled “Problematic Behaviors of Public School Students (1-12).”  According to the survey, violence against peers and teachers in schools decreased across all grade levels. The number of truant students decreased by 2,000 in elementary and junior high school compared to last year; however, the number of truant students increased by 600 at the high school level. In addition, the number of 1- 12 grade students who committed suicide was 202. This is a 29.5% increase compared to last year. The survey follows a report last month from the National Police Agency that revealed the number of bullying incidents reported in 2012 more than doubled to 260 from the year before. The report also showed that 511 students were arrested or taken into custody in 2012.  A special commission on education reform is expected to address these issues by recommending, among other things, that “moral education” be made a regular subject.

For more information:

Japanese City Takes on Bullies

Harumafuji saddened by bullying incidents


Hirofumi Hirano

Antibullying Guidelines Released/Designated Special Advisors to Provide Expert Advice on Handling Incidents

Jiji Press, The Daily Yomiuri Online (September 7, 2012)

In an effort to reduce bullying in schools, Japan’s education ministry has set guidelines for directly dealing with the issue. The ministry plans this month to seek aid from special advisors such as lawyers, former police officers and psychiatrists on how to “prevent and handle” bullying in schools. Moreover, the ministry has requested that its budget be increased to permit the allocation of more funds directed towards instituting programs to reduce bullying. They have requested an increase from about 2.7 billion yen from fiscal 2012 to about 7.3 billion yen for the next fiscal year. With the institution of the new budget, the ministry plans to direct the funds towards an increase in social workers and clinical psychologists available to public schools and victims.

Education minister Hirofumi Hirano said at a press conference Wednesday, “After serious cases in which students’ lives were at risk, we will face the issue directly and sincerely.”

To read more on this topic:

At Least 3,500 Bullying Cases Seen in Tokyo Schools

Bullied Student Gets Apology / School Recognizes Problem, but Victim Asked to Leave Over ‘Anxiety’

Suicide in Japanese Schools Must Stop