Recent Bullying Trends in Japanese Schools: Why Methods of Control Fail

  • Mau-Sheng Lee
  • Puma Shen


This chapter reviews the research evidence concerning bullying (Ijime) in Japanese schools —and delineates countermeasures against it—using a critical review that questions the effectiveness of government and school bullying prevention measures spanning 30 years of a bullying crisis in Japan. Countermeasures provided by the government have made bullying even harder to stop, and this can be attributed to an inability to investigate the real reasons bullying takes place. The public is therefore denied an opportunity to realize that the bullies and the bullied are socially constructed concepts perpetuated by schools and the media as a result of a fearful instinct to find witches (the bullies). It is difficult to put an end to bullying when it is an intrinsic part of humanity that occurs particularly when certain political-economic conditions, such as neoliberalism and credentialism, are met. To provide a better environment for young people and lessen the methods of control, this chapter suggests that society should admit the inevitability of bullying and teach students to learn and grow from confrontation.


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  • Mau-Sheng Lee
    • 1
  • Puma Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Taipei UniversityNew TaipeiTaiwan

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