Hidenobu Matsuzawa, 70, head of a support organization for Kurdish people, in Saitama City. Bullying against Kurdish pupils living in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, home to the largest population of Kurds in Japan, has intensified to the point that some students are staying home to avoid classmates.© Mainichi Shimbun
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Many Kurdish children experience bullying here in some form. If they don't understand Japanese and therefore can't convey their thoughts clearly, it's easy for bullying to develop. Lack of knowledge regarding customs, culture and community life here can lead to misunderstandings and prejudice.
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