Children must learn respect for Fukushima evacuees
Many children of families who have fled Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear disaster have become targets of bullying at school.
The education ministry said on April 11 that a total of 129 cases of school bullying in which children from Fukushima were victims have been confirmed over the past fiscal year.
Only four have been formally recognized as cases linked directly to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and the consequent catastrophic accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. But the ministry said it has not tracked down all bullying cases involving Fukushima evacuees.
The confirmed cases are, of course, the tip of the iceberg.
In some past cases, the victims suffered various forms of verbal abuse.
“The nuclear plant exploded because of people like you,” is one example of verbal harassment hurled at a bullying victim. “Don’t come close to me. I don’t want…
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