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    Still more on Japanese child violence

    The Asahi reports today that child violence in schools increased dramatically in the last fiscal year:

    The number of violent acts committed by children at public elementary schools reached a record 1,600 in fiscal 2003, up 27.7 percent from the previous year, education ministry officials said Friday.

    When the elementary school figure is added to the number of violence acts committed by students at public junior and senior high schools, the total stands at 31,278, up 6.2 percent from fiscal 2002.

    It is the first time in three years that the total number has risen, according to the ministry.

    “It is a serious situation,” a ministry official said. “We must strengthen our instructions on how to control emotions.”

    The ministry official here is exactly the type that I was talking about earlier when Susanna Cornett asked about this: More children are flipping out violently on classmates and teachers? Obviously, the solution is to wind ’em up tighter.

    Again, I don’t want to act as if the problem here isn’t real. The relationship between childrearing at home and education at school is changing in ways that no planners are in control of, and the transition is not going to be easy. But these new figures from the Ministry of Education and Culture show a troubling rise in violence, predictable based on the economic and social changes over the last decade, not a descent into chaos. Japan is a nation of 125 million, after all. What could ensure that it does become a permanent problem is dogged pursuit of policies that no longer work but everyone is used to.

    2 Responses to “Still more on Japanese child violence”

    1. Toren says:

      Your first comment spammer!

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      Actually, I’ve had them before and put in MT Blacklist. It’s just that they always came up on posts so old I was the first to see them. Maybe Blacklist has an update…?