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School on Saturdays and shorter vacation await Japan's students

Local governments stretch academic calendars to make up for closures

Saturday classes and a shorter summer break once Japan's students return to school would give them more time to complete the coursework for the academic year.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- With many Japanese schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, local governments in some of the hardest-hit areas plan to shorten summer vacation and hold Saturday classes to help students catch up once the buildings reopen.

Forty-seven of 52 local governments surveyed last week by Nikkei, covering 13 prefectures designated as coronavirus hot spots and the 23 wards of Tokyo, said they will revise operations at public schools once classes resume. The others said they will consider this option in the future, or are waiting to see how long the pandemic lasts.

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