An investigative report from a third-party panel was released by Tokyo’s Adachi Ward office regarding the case of a student who committed suicide which certain parties suspect was because of the bullying he was suffering at his school. However, the report blacked out details on 38 pages of the 61-page document, including the suicide note, which his parents turned over to the ward.
The report concluded that there was a causal connection between the third year student’s suicide and the bullying, something that the ward office did not confirm before the investigation. Adachi Ward Mayor Yayoi Kondo and the ward’s board of education superintendent Mitsuo Aoki said then that they could not draw that conclusion based on the ward-led investigation. They also said the case was kept a secret at the request of the student’s family who did not want to reveal that their son killed himself. At a press conference on Thursday, the ward official said that the reason why some parts of the report were blacked out was due to the Personal Information Protection Act which prevents them from revealing any information that can lead to the identity of the people involved. The chairman of the panel, Sonoko Yokoyu, said that it is up to the family of the student and ward officials to discuss the details.
But lawyer Naoto Sekiya said that the parents of the teenager submitted to the authorities the suicide note so they could investigate and did not ask the ward to keep the cause of death a secret. The ward office needs to explain to the family why it decided to hide information in the document,” he added.
[ via Mainichi ]