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September school year to put Japan in line with world

From job hunting to summer baseball, new calendar ushers in various changes

Changing the first day of school to September has become a hot topic as local governments fear students will not be able to complete their curriculums as schools remain closed.

TOKYO -- Switching the start of Japan's school year from April to September will likely raise a whole host of issues. School-entrance exams will be held in the scorching summer heat, as opposed to having to walk the icy roads to the venues.

The country's beloved high school baseball championship in summer, Koshien, will most probably have to move away from the mid-August setting.

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