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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Japan News This Week 29 October 2017

今週の日本

Japan News This Week.

Subaru Admits Inspection Failings, in Another Blow to Japan’s Carmakers
New York Times

Japan teen 'forced to dye hair black' for school
BBC

Japan's antinuke resolution passes, but support down from past years
The Mainichi

What now for Japan after Abe's landslide election victory?
Guardian

Agent Orange on Okinawa: Six Years On
Japan Focus

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Statistics

2016 witnessed a large number of bullying cases among school children. According to the Ministry of Education, there were more than 320,000 incidents of bullying. That is a 40% increase from the previous year.

The majority of the cases occurred in elementary schools, and were arguments or typical childhood quarrels.

By prefecture (state), Kyoto led the way with 96.8 cases per 1,000 students. At the other end, rural Kagawa had just 5.0.

Editorial note: Like many other "problems" in Japanese society, the "dramatic increase" in recent years is part in due to more scrutiny and increased reporting. We wonder though how much more common bullying actually is now than in the past.

Source: Asahi Shinbun, 27 Oct 2017, page 37

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