Violent behavior in Japanese schools increased to an all-time high in 2008, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Students, teachers and other people were victims of 60,000 violent incidents involving primary, middle and high school students.
That averages to some 160 serious acts of violence nationwide every single day. The problem worsened considerably from 2007, up 13 percent, with one in four attacks serious enough to require medical treatment.
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