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Six years after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the Fukushima meltdown, several cases of “nuclear bullying” have prompted discrimination similar to that suffered by survivors of the World War Two atom bombs.

The country has long grappled with bullying, but discrimination against Fukushima evacuees is a serious problem, with a government panel last month urging greater efforts to safeguard such children.

The bullying of evacuees became a major public issue following revelations of a case in November. Classmates of a male student in his new home hit and kicked him and forced him to pay them ¥1.5 million ($13,200) to avoid physical abuse, a share of the evacuee compensation they believed he was receiving.

The cases are reminiscent of victims of the 1945 bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, whose radiation exposure led to discrimination in marriage and at work over mistaken fears of infection, or birth defects in their children.

Bullying, known as ijime, is one aspect of the immense pressure facing japanese children to conform.

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