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Abe gives up on shifting start of school year to September due to lack of support from ruling coalition

  • May 29, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote that an LDP working group discussing the idea of shifting Japan’s academic year from April to September will finalize its proposal on the issue on Friday. The group is likely to recommend that the GOJ forgo introducing a September start at least until after fiscal 2021. The paper wrote that the idea gained momentum when Prime Minister Abe expressed a positive view on it at a Diet session on April 29 following the release on the previous day of a joint message by 17 governors supporting the idea. However, it lost steam after a number of ruling coalition members expressed cautious views and Abe toned down his stance on May 25.

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