The case is almost a year old but the embers still burn because those in the position of authority took shoddy steps and tried to cover up their own inadequacies, in the suicide-bully case of the 13-year-old boy from Otsu. The Otsu mayor Naomi Koshi has appointed a third party external committee to look into the proceedings of events that were triggered after the boy’s death. They are set to investigate and get to the bottom of the matter.
When injustice is done, you never know how public ire is demonstrated. Take for instance the case of bullying of a school boy in Otsu, Shiga prefecture, which led to him committing suicide. Indifference displayed by the Municipal Board officials and school teachers and principle, despite knowing that bullying was the cause of his death, caused a huge public outcry and even bomb threats. Reacting to their apathy in a very unconventional way, a rather disgruntled 19-year-old male college student hammered Kenji Sawamura, the superintendent of the Otsu Municipal Board of Education.
It is hard not to hear anything about school bullying these days in Japan. The Olympic fever has somewhat helped to subside the hyped media attention on bullying, and yet reports continue to come to surface.
The actions of the superintendent of the Otsu Municipal Board of Education can only be called insensitive, selfish and callous. Two days after receiving the second-round of survey, regarding the teenaged boy who committed suicide, Kenji Sawamura went ahead with his travel plans to visit Mosman, an eastern Australian city near Sydney. His travel has sparked severe criticism, especially when the contents of the second-survey were revealed.