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Bullying cases reported at schools across Japan totaled 543,933 in fiscal 2018, up 31.3 percent from a year earlier and the highest level on record, according to an education ministry survey released Thursday.

Of the schools surveyed, 80.8 percent said they had identified at least one case of bullying in the reporting year, up 6.4 points, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry said.

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