Dec 5, 2014

Boy, 12, told of school bullying before apparent suicidal leap

A 12-year-old Filipino boy in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, the Gunma Prefectural Police said Thursday. They said the boy, whose name was not disclosed, must have jumped from the seventh floor of his apartment building because a ...

Oct 25, 2014

School bullying on the increase

Bullying and violence increased in Japanese schools, particularly for younger students, in fiscal 2013, although better reporting of incidents explains some of the increase over the previous year.

Online harassment is common, survey finds

Oct 23, 2014

Online harassment is common, survey finds

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty ...

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

Aug 18, 2014

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

by Tetsuo Shintomi

An ombudsman program for children’s human rights in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, marked its 15th anniversary this year as Japan’s first independent public organ to address problems involving children. To date, some 8,800 requests for advice have been placed with the city’s Ombudspersons for Children’s ...

May 24, 2014

Stop the bullying of LGBT students

A recent survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Kanto area finds that 70 percent were bullied during their school years. Learning respect and tolerance for individual differences should start earlier.