School bullying cases hit record high in Japan

The Japan Times

The number of reported cases of bullying at elementary, junior high and senior high schools rose to a record 224,540 in academic year 2015, up 36,468 cases from the previous year, an education ministry survey showed Thursday. The figure for elementary schools was up by 28,456 to a record 151,190 in the 12 months through March, while that for junior high schools stood at 59,422, up 6,451, and that for senior high schools at 12,654, up 1,250. The survey also looked at truancy, with the number of elementary school students who stopped attending classes for at least 30 days increasing by 1,717 to a record 27,581. The number of senior high school students who skipped class, meanwhile, dropped by 3,565 to 49,591. Among the types of bullying, ridiculing and slandering accounted for the most at 63.5 percent.


Japan's schools embracing tablets but inadequate support and security remain concerns

The Japan Times

OSAKA – In a teaching tool reboot, tablet computers are increasingly appearing in classrooms. However, some teachers find they have little support when things go wrong and the devices open students to being hacked. This school year, the Osaka Municipal Government introduced tablets at all public elementary and junior high schools. The Japanese school year runs through March. The tablets perform a variety of roles.


Ministry earmarks subsidies totaling ¥20 million to set up translation systems for foreign students at schools

The Japan Times

The education ministry plans to set up a new subsidy system for prefectures and large cities that offer detailed support to foreign students attending public elementary and junior high schools and their parents through the use of multilingual translation systems. The subsidies will be offered to prefectural governments, ordinance-designated major cities and other core cities that use tablet computers with multilingual speech translation functions when teaching Japanese to students from abroad at school and providing school guidance to their parents. The ministry has set aside ¥20 million for the subsidy system, which is designed to cover one-third of related costs, under the government's fiscal 2019 budget. According to sources, 100 language support programs are likely to become eligible for the financial aid. The launch of the new subsidy system comes in line with the government's policy of allowing more foreign workers to enter the country.


Ministry earmarks subsidies totaling ¥20 million to set up translation systems for foreign students at schools

The Japan Times

The education ministry plans to set up a new subsidy system for prefectures and large cities that offer detailed support to foreign students attending public elementary and junior high schools and their parents by using multilingual translation systems. The subsidies will be offered to prefectural governments, ordinance-designated major cities and other core cities that use tablet computers with multilingual speech translation functions in teaching Japanese to students from abroad at school and providing school guidance to their parents. The ministry has set aside ¥20 million for the subsidy system, which is designed to cover one-third of related costs, under the government's fiscal 2019 budget, with 100 language support programs likely to become eligible for the financial aid, informed sources said. The launch of the new subsidy system comes in line with the government's policy of allowing more foreign workers to come here. The number of foreign students in Japan needing Japanese language education totaled 43,947 in fiscal 2016, up 70 percent from 26,281 in fiscal 2006.


Bullying cases in Japan's schools rose by nearly a third to record high in 2018

The Japan Times

The number of reported cases of bullying at schools across Japan totaled 543,933 in fiscal 2018, up 31.3 percent from a year earlier and marking the highest level on record, according to an education ministry survey released Thursday. A total of 80.8 percent of the schools surveyed said they had identified at least a single case of bullying in the reporting year, up 6.4 percentage points, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said. The number of "serious" bullying cases, involving things like broken bones and being absent from school for 30 days or longer a year, rose to a record 602, up 128, it said. The survey covered state, public and private elementary, junior high and high schools, as well as special schools for children with disabilities. Ministry officials said teachers' "active recognition" of even minor cases in their early stages was behind the surge in the number of reported bullying cases at schools.