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December 01, 2009

Violence increasing in Japanese schools

bomb.pngThe Ministry of Education has announced that reported acts of violence in elementary, junior and senior high schools were at a record high in 2008. At elementary school, incidents of violence increased by 24% over the previous year, at junior high they increased by 16% and at senior high they increased by 3.5%. Junior high violence accounted for 72% of the total.

Japan Today reported that 'of some 60,000 violent cases, 32,445 were among the students themselves, 8,120 were directed toward teachers and 1,724 were against people outside the school. There were 17,329 cases of vandalism, the survey showed.' According to the Japan Times: 'The ministry attributed the increase in violence to a decline in common manners and lack of communications skills among children. It instructed boards of education nationwide to detect problematic behavior at an early stage and take a firm stance in cooperating with the police.'

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