Yokohama board changes its view on Fukushima boy bullying
Jiji -- Feb 14
The Yokohama board of education has changed its view on the bullying of a boy who evacuated to the eastern Japan city from the nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture, the board's leader said Monday.

Payments of money from the boy to other children in 2014 when he was a pupil at a local elementary school are now "recognized as part of the bulling of the boy," board head Yuko Okada told a press conference. "We will draw up preventive measures."

Okada drew fire after telling the city's assembly last month that it would be difficult for the board to recognize requests for money from the boy's school peers as bullying.

The boy moved to the Yokohama elementary school in August 2011 after the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power station of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> following a huge earthquake and tsunami in March that year.

When he was a fifth-grader, the boy gave money to other pupils of the same grade who said his family must have received nuclear disaster-related reparations. The boy's attorney says the child gave a total of 1.5 million yen to school peers.

横浜の原発避難いじめで、金銭問題がいじめと認定されました。 教育委員会・岡田優子教育長:「お子様の気持ちをしっかり受け止められなかったことに、改めておわびをしたいと思います。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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