The Diet enacted a law June 21 aimed at preventing bullying in elementary, junior high and high schools by basically compelling schools to report serious cases.
The legislation was established after widespread reporting on incidents in which bullying led to students, including the October 2011 suicide of a junior high school boy in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.
Both the city and the school, shortly after the death was belatedly reported, denied that bullying led to the suicide, but later admitted it was the cause and apologized. (Kyodo)
The Japan Times ST: July 5, 2013