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As a teacher, I believe Abe was right to close Japan's schools

Despite abrupt end to term, decision puts children's health first

| Japan
An empty classroom at an elementary school in Osaka on Mar. 2.   © Kyodo

Late at night on February 27, my colleagues and I received an email from the deputy headmaster at the school where we teach announcing that there would be an emergency faculty meeting the next morning.

When we gathered on Friday morning, our headmaster informed us that we would be supporting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's request to close the school from March 2 as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Closing ceremonies for the school year would be held the next day and more details would be discussed after school. Jaws dropped to the floor.

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