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70% of Japanese parents feel troubled by school closures

Survey shows parents at wits end trying to deal with their children's own stress

Some classrooms are open for limited hours in the mornings and afternoons, but students who go must study on their own and not talk.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- About 70% of Japanese parents and caregivers are either "troubled" or "very troubled" by the nationwide closure of schools, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Tokyo-based Florence, a nonprofit organization that works with day care centers and other children's facilities, conducted the online survey from March 6 through March 9. It received 8,339 valid responses from caregivers of preschool- to high school-age children.

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