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Coronavirus

Japan to lift nationwide school closure ahead of April new term

Local authorities in low-risk areas ready to resume classes

The Japanese government plans to draw up guidelines for reopening schools after a weekslong shutdown spurred by the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government decided Friday not to extend its request for nationwide school closures, leaving the decision on whether to resume classes in the hands of local authorities that now must gauge the risks for themselves.

Public schools in Tokyo's Kita Ward are slated to hold their entrance and opening ceremonies for the new school year and restart classes on April 6 and April 7.

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