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Japan to shelve September school start at least until 2022

Abe's proposal loses steam as coronavirus response takes precedence

Students walk to school in Tokyo on Feb. 28. Classes were canceled for weeks across Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will likely forgo shifting to a September school year at least until 2022 as teachers and municipal officials are overwhelmed with dealing with disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

A ruling Liberal Democratic Party working team on Wednesday compiled a recommendation against making the switch "in the near future," including fiscal 2021, which ends in March 2022. 

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