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hum... excuse me, but... What is the point of this ? Will there be a special cop for EVERY school in Japan ? What is it gonna be next : a cop in every school ? Pardon my being blunt, but in my opinion, this is a matter that has to be dealt from the INSIDE. It is a whole SYSTEM that needs to be changed.

If memory serves me well, Japan has no "minors tribunal" like here in Europe but rather "family courts" that try to settle things up in a smooth way. So if a schoolboy bullies another one and the victim decides to jump from a bridge, the bully cannot be prosecuted for "bullying & inciting to suicide" the poor guy. What will be the punishment of the bully ? Will he be sent to a youth detention center to think about what he has done ? I doubt it... What we DO have are bullies participating at the funeral of their victim saying that they are sorry and that they were just "goofing around". Yeah, right... Seriously, how could you face the parents of the boy you pushed in the arms of death and tell them you are sorry ?

In the last 20 years, Japan has been stained by the blood of its own children, hanging themselves, cutting their wrists and jumping under trains because of bullying and social pressure. How many stories like this have we already heard ?

In addition to this, you have to keep in mind that schools usually do NOT want to attract attention, and definitely not want to attract the attention of the police, otherwise their reputation might drop. And with reputation going down, inscriptions to the school go down too. And with inscriptions going down, less MONEY comes in... How many schools do you think will have the guts to report bullying cases to the authorities ?

When I stayed in Japan in 2006, I participated in a small conference over bullying where they asked me to give my opinion on the matter of "bullying-related suicides" ("Ijime no Jisatsu" if I remember correctly). I told them that even if I am no psychiatrist nor anthropologist, I suggested that every school needs a "psychological aid center", like schools in most of European countries have. This way, a victim could ALWAYS have someone to talk to, even if he/she doesn't want to tell it to his/her family. The person in the psychological aid center should not be a teacher, but a real psychologist, so that he would be separated from the school and the family of the victim. Because as we all know, many youngsters in Japan suffer from having too much pressure from both their parents and their school. If then they also have to suffer bullying, then it is no mystery that they collapse...

Like kwbrow2 said it before me, I would recommend the minister of justice to issue a special law in order to prosecute bullies. I am no Law specialist, but I believe that if in the last 20 years so many minors took their lives because of people bullying them and the bullies then went on with their lives as if nothing happened, then IN MY OPINION there is a huge problem.

And one more thing : schools that have been found guilty of trying to cover up bullying (like that school that tried to ask the parents of a victim to not say a word to the authorities about bullying) should be severely punished, as there is no excuse for hiding your responsibilities in the death of a child in the name of "the school's reputation". This behavior is even more disgusting than being a bully.

I hope I have not been too extreme in my ideas. If I have offended someone in this first post of mine, I beg you to pardon me. However, I believe that bullying is a serious matter and has to be treated with maximum priority as too much Japanese children have already died because of it.

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