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The number of incidents of violence at public junior high and high schools surpassed 10,000 in fiscal 1996, the highest total since the survey was started in 1983, according to an Education Ministry report released Monday.

According to the survey, 8,169 incidents occurred in junior high schools and 2,406 cases were reported in high schools, with the total rising 31.7 percent from 1995. School violence was reported in 17.7 percent of public junior high schools and 22 percent of public high schools.

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