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Majority of students experience bullying

by Osamu and Nobuko Mizutani

Sample newspaper article

MAJORITY OF STUDENTS EXPERIENCE BULLYING

中学校でいじめられなかった子は3割だけ。国立教育政策研究所(国研)が5日、そんな調査結果を発表した。いじめた経験のない子も3割にとどまった。調査は大都市近郊の地方都市(非公表)で1998年から毎年、市内の小4~中3の全児童生徒を対象に、年2回、いじめなどに関してアンケ-トしたもの。この春卒業した中3生712人の結果では、被害経験は「ない」と答えた子は205人(29%)だけ。いっぽう加害経験も「ない」という答えは28%だった。国研は「大半の子がいじめっ子にもいじめられっ子にもなり得る」として予防の重要性を訴えている。 (Aug. 6)

Words and phrases

中学校 (chūgakkō) junior high school; いじめられ be bullied; 3割 (-wari) 30 percent; 国立教育政策研究所 (Kokuritsu Kyōiku-seisaku Kenkyūjo) National Institute for Educational Policy Research, NIER; 国研 (Kokken) abbreviation of NIER; 調査 (chōsa) survey; 結果 (kekka) result: 発表した (happyō-) made public; 経験 (keiken) experience; とどまった remained; 大都市 (daitoshi) big city; 近郊 (kinkō) suburb; 地方都市 (chihō-) regional city; 非公表 (hikōhyō) not made public; 毎年 (mainen) every year; 市内 (shinai) in the city; 小 (shō)=小学校 (shōgakkō) elementary school; 中 (chū)=中学校; 全児童生徒 (zen-jidōseito) all students and pupils; 対象 (taishō) target; 年2回 (nennikai) twice a year; 関し (kan-) concerning; アンケ-ト questionnaires; 卒業した (sotsugyō-) graduated; 生 (sei) student; 被害 (higai) suffering; 答えた (kota-) answered; 加害 (kagai) wrongdoing; 大半 (taihan) majority; なり得る (-u-) can become; 予防 (yobō) prevention; 重要性(jūyōsei) importance; 訴え (utta-) appeal

Sample radio or television report

Chūgakkō-de ijimerarenakatta ko-wa 3-wari-dake. Kokuritsu-Kyōikuseisaku-Kenkyūjo, Kokken-ga itsuka,sonna chōsa-kekka-wo happyō-shimashita. Ijimeta keiken-no nai ko-mo 3-wari-ni todomarimashita. Chōsa-wa daitoshi-kinkō-no chihōtoshi de, namae-wa kōhyō-saremasenga, 1998-nen-kara mainen,shinai-no shō-4-kara chū-3-no zenjidōseito-wo taishō-ni nen 2-kai, ijime-nado-ni kanshite ankēto-shita mono-desu. Kono haru sotsugyō-shita chū-3-sei 712-nin-no kekka-dewa, higaikeiken-wa “nai”-to kotaeta ko-wa 205-nin,29-pāsento-dake-deshita. Ippō kagaikeiken-mo “nai”-to yū kotae-wa 28-pāsento-deshita. Kokken-wa, “Taihan-no ko-ga ijimekko-nimo ijimerarekko-nimo nariuru”-to shite, yobō-no jūyōsei-wo uttaete-imasu.

Translation

The National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) announced on the fifth that according to a survey it had conducted, only 30 percent of students are free from being bullied in junior high school. Thirty percent of students also had no experience of bullying others. Twice every year since 1998, all children and pupils from the fourth year of elementary school to the third year of junior high school in a regional city near a certain big city — whose name is not made public— are surveyed by questionnaire and asked about bullying and so on. Of 712 students of the third year of junior high school, who graduated this spring, only 205, or 29 percent, answered that they had not been bullied. Furthermore, only 28 percent of them had no experience of bullying others. The institute says that the majority of students can become either victims or perpetrators of bullying and that preventive steps are extremely important.

A conversation between acquaintances

A: Taihan-no ko-ga chūgaku-de ijimetari, ijimeraretari-shita sō-desu. (Apparently the majority of students were either bullies or were bullied in junior high.)

B: Hidoi mon-desu-ne. (That’s horrible.)

Conversation between a husband and wife

W: Mae-mo ijime-wa atta-kedo, konna-ni hidoku nakatta-wa. (There was bullying before, too, but it wasn’t this terrible.)

H: Ima-no ko-wa areteru-no-kana. (Children nowadays are desperate, I’m afraid.) (No. 1178)