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75% in Nikkei poll favor September start to Japanese school year

Coronavirus may force major change upon students used to beginning in April

A Tokyo elementary school  held its entrance ceremony for new students on April 6, the day before the country declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic. Scenes like may be pushed back to September if the crisis persists. (Photo by Kai Fujii) 

TOKYO -- More than half the 1,500 respondents to a social media poll by the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday agreed with moving the start of Japan's academic calendar to September.

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