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School closures: Parents stressed but some find opportunities

Tokyoites cope by working less, leaning on grandparents and exercising together

Japan's school closures and work-at-home edicts are creating some uncomfortable moments but are also giving parents an opportunity to show their kids what they do at the office.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Double-income families raising children in Tokyo are under growing pressure to cope now that Japan's school closure request is expected to be extended due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

The possibility is growing that many Tokyo elementary and junior high schools will remain shut until after the "Golden Week" holiday period at the beginning of May as Japan attempts to slow the virus's spread.

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