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Feb 6, 2013

Hashimoto backs antibullying rules

by Eric Johnston

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto plans to support two ordinance proposals that would establish an independent investigation team and give the mayor’s office more authority to look into incidents of school bullying and corporal punishment. The proposals, which will be discussed by the municipal assembly ...

Graduate student aids asylum seekers in Nagoya

Feb 6, 2013

Graduate student aids asylum seekers in Nagoya

Maho Hadano, a 23-year-old student of the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University, is busy offering asylum seekers advice on everything from how to fill in application forms and where to receive medical treatment to finding a place to live. She is ...

Feb 2, 2013

Women's judo coach resigns over abuse of athletes

Ryuji Sonoda, head coach of the national women’s judo team, submitted his letter of resignation Friday to the All Japan Judo Federation to take responsibility for physically abusing team members during practice. The federation initially had planned to simply reprimand Sonoda and retain him ...

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Feb 1, 2013

Judo coach to resign over alleged beatings

Women’s judo coach Ryuji Sonoda announced Thursday that he plans to resign in light of allegations that he physically abused members of the Olympic team during training. “It will be difficult for me to go any further with the training of the team,” Sonoda ...

Feb 1, 2013

Independent panel links Shiga student's 2011 suicide to bullying

An independent panel looking into a 13-year-old municipal junior high schoolboy’s suicide in October 2011 in Shiga Prefecture concluded Thursday that bullying by his classmates was the “direct cause” of his death. The panel, formed last August, dismissed allegations that the suicide also stemmed ...