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Only 10% of colleges in Japan currently conducting all in-person classes

  • June 7, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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Sunday’s Mainichi took up Education Ministry data showing that only about 10% of the nation’s 1,069 universities and junior colleges were holding classes exclusively in an in-person format as of June 1 despite the complete lifting of the state of emergency over the coronavirus. Approximately 60% were only conducting online classes, while the rest were offering a combination. The daily explained that most of Japan’s institutions of higher education are hesitant to resume in-person classes at least for now out of fear of potentially triggering cluster infections on campus. A college in Kyoto was heavily criticized in March when several of its students contracted the disease after traveling to Europe. The article voiced concern that some students have begun to feel lonely and have lost their motivation for learning due to prolonged online classes.

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