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September school start would need some 30 legal changes in Japan

Securing child care workers during transition another concern for government

First-graders and their parents arrive for a welcome ceremony at an elementary school in Osaka: The coronavirus epidemic has spurred a debate on whether to move the start of the school year to September.  (Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government said Thursday that shifting the start of the school year to September would require more than 30 legal revisions.

The government held a meeting that day with officials from multiple ministries, including the education and labor ministries.

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