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Concerns Growing in Japan over Coronavirus-Linked Bullying

Concerns Growing in Japan over Coronavirus-Linked Bullying

   Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--With concerns growing in Japan over prejudice and discrimination against people infected with the new coronavirus, some local governments as well as the education ministry are taking steps to prevent the occurrence of bullying.
   Experts warn that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak could lead to bullying, as there are many uncertainties regarding the virus.
   The education board of Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, where many people returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of viral infections in China, had been quarantined in a hotel, has notified all public schools within the prefecture twice to "take utmost care" to prevent prejudice and discrimination against family members of hotel and hospital staff involved in quarantine work.
   The board has also distributed leaflets calling on school children and students to "act with kindness."
   So far, no cases of bullying have been reported, board officials said.

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