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Bullying is one of the serious problems in Japan It is certainly related with the pressures to conform that children face in Japans highly competitive system of education Some bullied kids have died by suicide Sometimes teachers are unnoticed of this because it is done in secretThe common perception is that students who are socially isolated have poor social skills or who are physically weak are often the targets of bullying These students are not only weakly connected to their classmates but are often emotionally unable to cope with mild forms of verbal harassment that other students consider play Teachers and parents both perceived that in recent years the number of students who were potential social isolates was growing These students are also likely to refuse to go to school another problem which concerns educators and parents There are few employment opportunities for students who have dropped out of school While high school students may find part-time jobs or gradually be absorbed into working-class life students who become disconnected from school in their junior high school years have nowhere to go So in order to get job students must work hard to graduate school and go to college Also most Japanese students dont want to lose to their friends by getting lower points on the various tests and quizzes that occur frequently in Japanese schools However this same consciousness of wanting to be like friends can also lead students who might have done better to not try their hardest in order to fit in with the group The two tendencies are not contradictory but stem from the students desire to be like his or her friends When friends are interested in school advancement there will be friendly rivalry over who gets the most points on tests When students are not interested in advancing in school or more commonly when they perceive little chance for advancing friends may provide the impetus not to study When students
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