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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.

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