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People making those disparaging comments are taking out their accumulated frustration due to the pandemic on an easy target of attack.

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Yasushi Fujii, an associate professor of Meisei University and clinical psychotherapist. Schools whose students have been infected with the coronavirus in clusters via club activities are under attack by a flood of defamatory phone calls and online posts.

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With a bullying culture as festeringly entrenched as Japan’s its no wonder

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What bullying? The question is, why they do not abide to the rules and continue their club activities with pleasure and not thinking about the consequences while the vast majority abides to the rules, like avoiding 3C for example, and suffering from many other restraints in life , like no parties, drinking after work, visiting events, going to cinemas or concerts and so on. They , while a very small number, are bullying the whole society with superspreading the viruses. That’s the truth, not vice versa!

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Is the bigger picture here not an exaggerated focus on 'less economically damaging' clusters such as extracurricular activities and bars?

What about factories, offices and crowded trains? No clusters there, or just less reporting?

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Unfortunately, there are morons in all countries and disappointingly Japan is no exception

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The story on Japan Today about the large Covid-19 cluster at the soccer high school in Shimane was open to comments and I posted on it myself. It may have been bullying according to some people's definition, but I can assure you it had nothing to do with "accumulated frustration". I was merely exercising my right of free speech to comment on the wisdom of a soccer team making numerous out of prefecture trips for sports, exactly when educational activities like school trips were banned. I'm sure this is a common opinion.

Now I've repeated it, you can chalk this up as another "online post" against the school if you like.

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Sven Asai

What bullying? The question is, why they do not abide to the rules and continue their club activities with pleasure and not thinking about the consequences while the vast majority abides to the rules

Ummm... it's listed right at the top: "...are under attack by a flood of defamatory phone calls and online posts."

As numerous people here have pointed out, it's more than a bit duplicitous of 'us' (as a society) to damn some groups - when there are vast numbers of people traveling to and from work/school/whatever via trains, not to mention that those undertakings (work/school) are just as likely to be opportunities for the virus to spread.

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Schools whose students have been infected with the coronavirus in clusters via club activities are under attack by a flood of defamatory phone calls and online posts.

for a country that LOVES to claim WA in its society, its AMAZING how quickly the Japanese pounce on each other at any opportunity... Hibakusha, Fukushima radiation refugees, and during this Pandemic while health care workers were being lauded as heroes everywhere else, in Japan... and now this.

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for a country that LOVES to claim WA in its society

I think it is because the WA mostly apply to minority for them to not stand out.

I do not see the need to bash the people catching covid-19.

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under attack by a flood of defamatory phone calls and online posts.

Define "flood". Would 5 phone calls be a flood? 20? 100?

Now I've repeated it, you can chalk this up as another "online post" against the school if you like.

Well, I am going to go ahead and assume they mean the school's website, or some other affiliated website which would be about on par with a phone call. I don't think they mean posts here on Japan Today merely expressing an opinion in a non-affiliated site.

I also think they mean literally disparaging comments rather than some criticism of them going out of prefecture.

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All those bashers should remember that one day they will catch it themselves...

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