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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 04:32 AM

All schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday asked all elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide to close from Monday through the students’ spring break, which typically ends in early April.

“Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of infection among children in each region, and these one or two weeks will be an extremely critical period,” Abe told a meeting of key Cabinet ministers on the coronavirus outbreak crisis.

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Abe’s surprise announcement came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 virus patients kept surging, exceeding 200 across Japan as of Thursday evening, excluding the more than 700 infected patients related to the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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The Kanagawa government decided to exclude parents and guardians from attending graduation and entrance ceremonies at junior and senior high schools run by the prefecture as a precautionary measure.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/27/national/hokkaido-coronavirus-school/#.XljO8_RS_IV


We live in Kanagawa and our kids are out of school until the start of the new school year in April
They will still attend their school clubs but the schedules (which will be sent via e-mail once the school decides) will be far l;ess rigorous in terms of time
Almost no one I know, including wife and me disagree with closing the schools and most people I know have said the same thing
There will be graduation ceremonies, so the students will receive their graduation goodies from the school. So that's good

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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 05:35 AM

2. They could, but at this point it is unnecessary as the year is ending

In addition, not every family has internet in their home

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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 08:21 AM

4. the spanish flu/1918 flu came back several times.

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