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A 14-year-old boy in Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture, who committed suicide on May 17 had been bullied at school days before he took his life, a municipal government panel said Friday, stopping short of concluding that the harassment directly led to his death.

Friends of the boy had slapped him in the face several times at their junior high school on or after May 6, the panel said in a report on its investigation into his death.

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