TOKYO — Fifty-eight percent of Japan’s prefectural governors support a September start to the school year, according to a Nikkei survey that waded into the country’s on-again, off-again controversy about aligning its academic calendar with those in the West and China.
Nikkei conducted the survey in early May. Of the nation’s 47 governors, 41 provided answers by Tuesday. Of these, 18 replied that they support an academic year that begins in September, while six somewhat support such a move.
Japan begins its school year in April, which makes it difficult for Japanese students to study overseas and for Japanese universities
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