The Upper House on Friday enacted a bill to combat bullying in Japan’s schools.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party drafted the anti-bullying bill in January, in which it defined a variety of types of bullying, including malicious Internet postings. The bill was proposed in response to the suicide of a bullied junior high school boy in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, following which the school and board of education were accused of mishandling the case and failing to support the victim.
The new law calls for committees to be set up in schools, consisting of members of staff and counselors, to monitor bullying and advise students. If bullying cases are deemed to be life-threatening to one or more party, the law also allows boards of education to investigate. The results of those investigations are to be disclosed to parents and victims of bullying.
The new laws also empower local governments to call on third-party organizations for the purpose of investigating serious cases, in the event that the board of education fails satisfactorily to investigate, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today