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News that Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old pro wrestler who starred in the popular reality show “Terrace House,” apparently committed suicide after receiving hundreds of hate messages sent shock waves across the nation late last month. It was a tragic reminder that the government has been slow in taking measures to protect victims of cyberbullying.

“Some people say that you should just refrain from reading these comments online. But social media has become an essential part of our lives and it is extremely difficult not to see them,” Shiori Ito, a journalist and symbol of Japan’s #MeToo movement, stated at a recent news conference.

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