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Discussions on shifting start of school year to September face difficulties

  • May 11, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Monday’s Yomiuri wrote that the emerging view that Japan should shift the start of its school year from April to September in response to the prolonged school closure due to the coronavirus outbreak has met with many obstacles, including the need for legal amendment and coordination with preschool operations. The paper wrote that the GOJ is carefully discussing the idea and aiming to decide on a policy direction in June. The paper added that Japanese business circles welcome the idea based on the view that starting the school year in September has merits for companies that are eager to recruit students who have studied abroad.

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