At this point, some of you might have heard already the Kokoro Connect scandal in which some named seiyuu and production staff of the anime have bullied a small time seiyuu. For those who aren’t in the loop regarding this event, read this. In light of this issue, there has been an apology that has issued. I can’t help but feel that the apology is very technical and not heartfelt in a sense that some people who were part of bullying the small time seiyuu will get away unscathed and pretend nothing bad has happened. A screencap of the apology for those who can read Japanese can be read here. If you think this case is pretty alarming bullying case in Japan, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As much as I love Japan, the issue of bullying is something that has been haunting Japanese institutions for a long time and I feel that nothing has been done about it. The Kokore Connect issue only showed a glimmer of how big a problem of bullying is in Japan; Sankaku Complex has two articles about students who committed suicide because of severe bullying, one which happened very recently. The sad part about this is that most of the time, they would rather cover it up, as to preserve harmonious relationship. A survey shows how much bullying is prevalent in schools in Japan.
Personally, I really don’t see a solution to Japan’s bullying problems since the authorities themselves are very complacent to bullies as the Kokoro Connect apology showed that some of the perpetrators won’t be touched. The only way I possibly see to curb the bullying problem is a drastic shake on Japan’s culture, in which a bullied individual will assert itself and fight the bully rather than just staying passive.