The government has announced revisions to its suicide prevention guidelines in an attempt to stem a rise in suicides and attempted suicides among young people.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference that the revision in the guidelines, which follows several high-profile school bullying cases, is the first in five years, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.
Among the new guidelines is the statement, "Bullying can happen to any child in any school and should be dealt with openly by schools and local authorities, not covered up."
The guidelines also deal with cases in which third party investigations are necessary because bereaved families of children who commit suicide due to bullying do not wish their child's school or Board of Education to investigate the situation.
The cabinet also plans to introduce a 24-hour telephone support service as well as easy access, by smartphone or desktop computer, to support and information for victims of bullying, Fuji reported.© Japan Today