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Schools at U.S. bases in Japan continue to operate as normal

  • March 5, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that although schools at U.S. bases in South Korea are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, schools at U.S. bases in Japan, including Okinawa, continue to operate as normal. The paper wrote that Kadena Air Base has posted a message on its Facebook page saying that schools on Okinawa will continue to operate because the threat of the virus to the Kadena Air Base population remains low. The paper wrote that the Stars and Stripes quoted Department of Defense Education Activity-Pacific chief of staff Todd Schlitz as saying: “The government of Japan recommended that Japanese public schools close, extending their spring recess through March in light of COVID-19. However, in coordination with U.S. Forces Japan, the decision was made that DODEA-Japan and Okinawa schools will remain open.”

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