Police Tell Bullying Victim To “Forget” Broken Bones


Now police as well as teachers have come under fire, this time for telling a boy who was beaten unconscious and suffered broken ribs and PTSD in as a result of bullying that “it’d be best to forget about” the attack, and for refusing to accept any crime had taken place.

A 13-year-old middle schooler at a private school in Tokyo’s Tama region found himself being bullied, a distressingly common state of affairs it would seem.

According to his mother, the bullying started with classmates making him strip and wash his hair with soap, and dumping his clothes and bento in a bin, but soon escalated even further. Teachers apparently knew but did nothing.

In January matters came to a head – quite literally – when his classmates bashed him into unconsciousness by banging his head on a concrete corridor floor at the school, requiring him to be taken to hospital in an ambulance.

He was found to be suffering a broken rib and was subsequently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, preventing him from attending school. He was transferred out of the school several months later.

His parents were unsurprisingly aghast at what had been done to him, and attempted to report the incident to police as a case of battery, making 4 or 5 different reports.

Police merely told them “it’d be best for you to forget about this as soon as possible” and that “the offender is 12 so even if we did press charges not much is likely to happen,” refusing to accept any of the reports.

The parents have said they intend to try suing the boy responsible (or his parents) if police refuse to act on the offence they reported.

Part of the reason for their refusal, and perhaps the reason why Japan boasts such a famously high conviction rate, is likely that police performance and promotion prospects are judged by the number of successful prosecutions – and rather than allow any convictions to fail, police instead merely ignore crimes which might be difficult or inconvenient to prosecute whilst attempting to wring confessions out of or pile unrelated charges onto those in weak positions.

Police have predictably refused to comment on the incident, whilst the school now says it is all well in hand:

“The student who attacked him was advised to drop out of the school and left in January. Regarding the bullying, we were contacted by police in June and are explaining the situation to them.”

Coming after a series of recent school scandals – the suicide of a Shiga schoolboy, a boy tortured with cigarette burns who teachers tried to expel after deeming he had “consented” to the abuse, a girl who was sent home in tears after teachers forcibly cut her hair “for being too long,” and of course the usual ongoing litany of sexual misconduct by staff, there is fast developing a sense that Japan’s schools are beyond help…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Japan: A safe place to live according to statistics... because everything is covered up to save face.

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    Comment by Solace
    03:08 10/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Same with China, except they kill you for uncovering shit the government don't want you to see.
    Pure communism.

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    Comment by Dvvarf
    03:54 10/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah, right, communism, as a doctrine, teaches people to cover truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And you seems to be unable to tell sarcasm from stupidity

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    Comment by RedRat
    04:13 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It seems all you know about a communism only from a comics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 11/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    After my years living here in Japan, I feel like the japanese have a communist mentality and a fascist spirit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It sure is"

    Comment by Anonymous

    it's kinda hard to express sarcasm by text

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Gee, thanks sankaku.
    As the years have passed i have started to hate Japanese increasingly and somehow there is constantly added gasolin to that burning hatred.

    'Murrica was right. 2 fucking nukes wasn't enough..Fuck you Japan and your shallow people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I don't particularly agree with you, Japan is definitely no place for Americans.

    If they treat their own nationality this way, just imagine how they would treat a gaijin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Strangers can be dangerous. They prefer familiar victims that they know to be helpless.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:26 10/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    A big hairy gaijin could have a gun and they believe all foreigners are either Korean,Chinese, or American.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    12:12 10/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You mean big hairy American that can beat the hell out of the aggressors and not take any of their BS?

    If I were the father of that child I would have already sued the parents of the bully for any medical expenses and cost of therapy for that poor kid.

    Avatar of Notto Disu Shitto Agen
    23:14 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing how most Japanese worry about how the rest of the world sees them, yet they're so worried about social hierarchies and status that they prefer to allow snotty kids with rich parents to step on everyone else, like they're untouchable gods, instead of showing the little shits what happens if they break their society's laws, and show them how to become respectable people. Or allow them to continue on to become successful, but hateful bigots, like Ishihara, who is now hated by everyone mildly aware of him, inside and outside of Japan.

    Or alternatively, the police refuses to act upon real crimes because the criminals are too young. Why? Because they're more worried about getting a promotion than doing their job? Shouldn't ignoring a crime have the opposite effect on their career?

    Then, we have those who are old enough to be arrested, and who are arrested simply for walking down the same street as a schoolgirl in Osaka, or asking for directions. You'd think that this sort of draconian "crime prevention" methods was only found in dictatorships.

    And what does the general population do about all this?
    The way they treat those richer or with a higher "social status" is only ruining their country, keeping their suicide rates high, and creating more criminals for the next generation for not showing kids the consequences of their actions.

    I'm sorry, Japan, but you're quickly becoming worse than even China or Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Except that my living experience over there says otherwise. I could go for a late night stroll and I never had to worry about anyone pulling a gun or knife on me over there. Yet when I moved back to Canada not too long ago someone was shot to death a block away from where I live.

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    Comment by Kuro'Base'Neko
    22:28 09/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    They never touch foreigner. I mean "White People".

    22:56 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You lived in a different country for a bit and you think you know it? CONGRATS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Seen OAPs forced out of their own homes by racial attacks yet haven't seen that in Japan yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read three news articles and you know more than someone who lived there? You must be some kind of super genius.

    Comment by Anonymous

    while you never lived there.

    I think I'll believe him more.

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    Comment by ryusoma
    22:15 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    -just don't go shopping in Akihabara, or walk down the street in daytime around Den-den town in Osaka, you're likely to be stabbed along with a dozen other random bystanders.

    PROTIP: Japan isn't nearly as safe and perfect as the stats say, because the stats are generated by the Japanese with their peculiar OCDs and attempts to 'save face', who have a vested interest in making them look good. Whereas everywhere else in the western world, things such as crime statistics are compiled honestly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    bollocks, you just read way too much sensationalised news.

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    Comment by Kixiv
    03:45 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "you're likely to be stabbed along with a dozen other random bystanders."

    Too soon...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stabbed in Den-Den town? Oh please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...Compiled honestly." Hahaha you delusional fuckwit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    However, if you went for a late night stroll *while showing a tattoo* you'd be strung up like jesus himself for attempting to corrupt the jap youth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No, but you might be ran away from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tattoos are for mindless wannabes -- or yakuza. It's a really stupid custom that has become popular in the west, where we yearn to be primitive rather than cultured and smart.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    12:27 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going to get tattoos all over my arms and walk around town in public areas in japan just to unnerve people I'm standing near. Maybe even get a bunch of people with tats to hang out on a street corner just to make sankaku headlines.

    Headlines! Tattooed delinquent gaijin cause a fuss on the streets of Tokyo.

    A group of tattoo wearing thugs caused a stir today by menacingly standing about talking to one another and enjoying various food and drink on the corner of a well known hangout for youths. The riot police were summoned to disperse the degenerates as there were a flood of calls to the police from "concerned" callers fearing for their lives. the group agreed to leave the area and peace and harmony was restored until later that day the same group of criminals was spotted loitering at a popular restaurant were they allegedly took part in the consumption of food that was meant for more decent folk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's something called exceptions.
    You were just lucky.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No really, you don't even need to lock the door here. That's how safe it is. If I left my door open during the night, I bet someone would come and close it for me.

    Might be harder if your Asian though, being white is extremely safe even in "bad" areas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're bloody clueless man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not the first poster btw, and would like to add that I think that either Taiwan or Singapor is even more safe than Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats because were barbarians we club your ass

    Comment by Anonymous

    yeah the typical bullshit all the weaboos spout about their glorious japan where you can leave all your belongings somewhere on the street and a poor homeless man will bring them back.

    srsly nobody buys that shit gtfo

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    21:29 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can go for a midnight stroll and not worry either and I live in Canada.

    Sorta depends where you live and even what part of what city you live.

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:39 09/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I can go for a midnight stroll and I don't have to worry, because though the chances of someone pulling a knife on me is pretty high here, I know I'll beat the shit out of them.

    From Russia with love.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 09/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In Russia, victims stab you !

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Russia victim is guilty for being victim. Japan has a long way to go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then soon you will meet someone beyond your match and you are dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 11/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in the South in the USA.
    No one dare confront anyone because everyone has a gun.
    The only reason not to go to bad areas is to avoid a gunfight and legal problems.

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    Comment by Sylar
    05:33 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the chances of you becoming a frozen statue are bigger.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they shoot the knife at you :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have nothing to worry about because you're not a Japanese Middle School student.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a safe place to live, unless you're in school!

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    Comment by EyE
    17:43 09/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    the only way the system will reform is if a child of a person with great political influence has also been bullied. Spread the fear equally and the system will go tumbling down

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    Comment by coquette
    02:17 10/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @ EyE

    There was a report in 2010 of the Crown Princess Aiko (The Emperors granddaughter)being bullied at the ritzy private school she was attending and she didn't attend school for awhile.

    She now attends a limited number of classes with her mother also attending.

    There was an unconfirmed rumor (denied by the Imperial Household) that they had recommended putting drugs in the lunches of the bullies to "calm them down".

    100 years ago the bullies probably would have been beheaded but today nothing much happens even for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hahaha... no that would never happen. That would defeat the point of the child having influential parents. The point is, children with influential parents can get away with stuff so they bully others. Or if they get bullied, their parents will pull strings and fuck up the bully's parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 11/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The USA Kennedy family gets away with everything...
    The rich have always been the bullies...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    what if u r a son of a yakuza head, and u bully rich kids O_o duh duh duh

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    yakuza have such a high sense of honor, they would probably send a finger of the kid to the rich parents =p

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are the son of the Yakuza head, then you can be sure that you will have to explain yourself the next time your father invite the rich parents for dinner.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:28 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'd also demand the parents pay some sorta monthly to annual protection fee.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The unfortunate thing is, if a child with a parent with a lot of political influence was bullied. That Bully would be dead and the issue would be dropped.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A pretty interesting point of view.

    And at this rate, no wonder it will end happening sooner or later.

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    Comment by Sylar
    05:38 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering the mentality you have to have to be allowed in the politician club then most probably you where the bully or one of his gang when you where a kid not the victim and definitely not a guy that is nether.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because your parent's social standing actually directly influences how people treat you in school in Asian culture, I strongly doubt that someone like that would ever be found in a bullied position.

    The Japanese are very public about who their parents are and what they do. If your parents were powerful and influential, your class mates in school wouldn't dare lay a finger on you.

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