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Japanese teenagers bully 'friend' to swim in a river until he drowns

#It is not obvious this case dont have anything to do with any organization.#


The Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/world/japanese-teenagers-bully-friend-to-swim-in-a-river-until-he-drowns-20150609-ghk9ry.html
June 10, 2015
A boy is believed dead, three of his friends have been arrested and a Japanese city is in shock after a case of bullying turned deadly on Saturday night.

It began on the banks of the Aizuma River in Kariya, near the port city of Nagoya. A crowd looked on while three teenagers beat and kicked another boy, forcing him into the dark water.

The boy had reportedly gone to a festival with his friends, and they were angry at him for trying to pick up a girl when he already had a girlfriend. "If you jump into the river, swim to the other side and back again, then maybe we'll forgive you," they told him, according to Japan Today. They told police they didn't think their friend would be in danger.
The boy, a 15-year-old high schooler, made it about halfway across the 30-metre river before crying out, "'I can't do it any more,'" a witness told the Japan Times. Then he sank beneath the surface. Police are still searching for the teen, but he is presumed to have drowned.



His alleged tormentors — a 16-year-old high school student, a 14-year-old in junior high and a 15-year-old described as a "company worker" — have been arrested for assault, according to the Japan Times. The identities of the suspects and the victim are being withheld because they are minors.

Police said that the boys told them they tried to rescue their drowning friend.

"When he disappeared underwater, we went into the river to rescue him," one of them told the police, according to the Japan Times.

On Monday, more than six dozen police officers and firefighters swept the river, which is nearly three metres deep, fruitlessly searching for the missing teenager's body. Meanwhile, locals struggled to make sense of what happened.

"It really hurts when you hear your friend going through something like that," a 15-year-old former classmate of the victim told the Japan Times. The boy stood by the river, watching the search.

This was just the latest in a slew of deadly incidents seemingly tied to bullying in the country. In April, a 17-year-old vocational student was beaten by classmates and thrown unconscious into a river, where he drowned, according to the Japan Times. Two months before that, the naked body of 13-year-old Ryota Uemura was found on the Tama River in Kawasaki, a city just outside Tokyo. The boy was covered in stab wounds, reportedly from a paper cutter owned by one of three older teenagers who attacked him. Some news outlets speculated the crime was inspired by the Islamic State beheading of two Japanese journalists not long before.

Uemura's death sparked outrage across Japan, including a statement from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to the Mainichi Shimbun, Uemura was attempting to extricate himself from a gang of friends that included the three accused of killing him, but was attacked when he tried to break away. He had stopped attending school and his homeroom teacher reportedly tried to contact him before his death, but critics across the country said that Uemura, like other bullying victims, had fallen through the cracks.

"It is the kids who do not fit into the group who are the ones who will be bullied," Asao Naito, a sociologist and author of two well-known books on bullying, told Voice of America in 2009. "The Japanese educational system teaches students that it is not permitted to withdraw from the group, be an individual, or live independently."

Once seen as a rite of passage in the country's fiercely competitive education system, Japan has become increasingly alarmed by bullying in schools in recent years. Stories about deadly incidents, like Uemura's or that of 13-year-old who committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of an apartment building after being forced to eat dead bees, shoplift and even "rehearse" his own death, swiftly become national news. The 13-year-old's death in 2011 prompted a wave of new "zero tolerance" policies aimed at eliminating the practice. Abe called it "a crisis in education," and referred to bullying as "insidious," according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Insidious and persistent. The most recent education ministry survey found more than 185,000 cases of bullying at Japanese schools in the year ended March 2014, according to the Japan Times. About 240 students committed suicide in that period, 55 more than had done so in the same period the previous year. Nine of them were confirmed to have suffered from bullying.

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