Summary This document is: An ‘ongoing investigative report into charges’ relating to cases of bullying and breakdown in classroom discipline at the Machida Daisan Elementary School. This work is being undertaken by professionals who are kindly providing their services voluntarily.’ It is not only in Machida City that schools are facing tragic and sometimes irreversible consequences including, in extreme cases, victims’ suicides as a result of school authorities and others ‘concealing the true situation’ in most cases of bullying, thus making these situations even worse. It is our contention that when adults fail to acknowledge bullying incidents, they too become bullies. We will therefore persevere in recording and issuing news releases with the aim of helping to rescue victims of bullying and bringing these cases out into the open. Incidents of this type are occurring regularly all over Japan. They are commonplace, everyday events ‘happening everywhere’. We do not believe the case reported here of ‘bullying incident cover-ups’ by Kurosawa Shizuo, Head Teacher of Machida Daisan Elementary School, is in any way unusual. On the contrary, incidents of this type are ‘happening everywhere’ at Japanese educational establishments, and presenting a serious problem. The overwhelming majority of people do not realize how widespread these incidents are. In 2020, Japan will host the Olympic Games. We want to bring this issue to the attention of people around the world and to make them aware that it is pervasive in Japanese educational institutions. The psychological phenomenon whereby something ‘happening everywhere’ is deemed ‘nothing to worry about’ leads, as a result of the group mentality of Japanese society, to a tendency for what is happening to be considered ‘generally acceptable’. This attitude is clearly wrong. A state of mind which dictates that ‘we can’t go against the flow’ makes all of us ‘accomplices’ when the accepted mainstream is itself wrong or evil. The news media tend not to react to these cases unless they have led to major tragedies such as the victims taking their own lives. Space in newspapers and broadcast air time is limited and the commercial pressures on broadcasters result in incidents being ignored unless they are major. They become newsworthy only if a real tragedy occurs and attracts high audience ratings, in which cases swarms of journalists will descend on the scene to report it. But by then it is too late. We have started this campaign in order to bring the issue to the attention of the whole of society before it becomes an irreversible tragedy, one caused simply because it is ‘happening everywhere’. The film’s interviews, compilation and direction are all by Tsuchiya Tokachi, internationally renowned director of the documentary film “A Normal Life, Please”. This film exposed illegal working conditions. It was awarded the prize for Best Documentary at the 2009 Raindance Film Festival and the Muhr Asia Africa Documentary First Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival. Tsuchiya is also Executive Director of Labornet Japan and an Executive Committee Member of the Most Evil Corporation of the Year Award. He is deeply involved in investigations into working conditions in Japan and in shining a light into the darkness pervading the administration of education in Japan. Production and overall leadership is by film director Takahashi Gen who has produced notable films including “Confessions of a Dog”, featuring crimes by the police, and “Court of Zeus”, a courtroom drama criticising the Japanese judiciary. His latest film, “Yoko, the Cherry Blossom”, is now on general release in Japan. Before making this film, we approached Machida Elementary School, Machida City Board of Education, Machida City Council Chairman who has been acting as Mediator, and the Mayor of Machida City, asking “to hear your side of the story and to interview you”, but all of them rejected our request. Our company is making the utmost efforts to protect the confidentiality of the interviewees and the anonymity of the people involved in conducting interviews and producing this documentary, and is acting under legal advice. Contact : GRAND KAFE PICTURES firstname.lastname@example.org With thanks to Bob Heffill and to William & Akiko Eddis for producing English translations.