A nationwide survey has revealed that twice as many instances of bullying were reported in Japan's elementary and junior high schools in the six month-period from April to September this year than for the whole of the previous year.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said Friday that 144,054 cases of bullying at schools were recognized during this period, double the 70,231 total for fiscal 2011, Fuji TV reported.
The ministry ordered the survey in response to the suicide of a bullied boy in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in October 2011.
However, the ministry added that there was a wide discrepancy between the number of incidents reported in different areas of the country, probably due to differences in how some teachers perceive bullying and deal with warning signs.
According to the survey, Kagoshima Prefecture had the highest number of bullying cases, and Fukuoka the lowest, Sankei reported.© Japan Today