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Cyberbullying: How Japan is following in South Korea's footsteps

Hana Kimura's death foreshadowed by Seoul's failure to stop K-pop suicides

Hana Kimura, Goo Hara and Sulli are all suspected of dying from suicide caused by online bullying. (Source photos by Getty, AP and Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japanese female professional wrestler Hana Kimura's recent death following her appearance on "Terrace House," a popular reality show, has reaffirmed my belief that social media trends in South Korea are repeated in Japan.

Before her apparent suicide last month, Kimura, 22, had endured a barrage of hateful comments on her social media accounts, quite possibly provoked by her role in the show.

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