TOKYO — Switching the start of Japan’s school year from April to September will likely incur a whole host of issues. School-entrance exams will be held in the scorching summer heat, as opposed to having to walk the icy roads to the venues.
The country’s beloved high school baseball championship in summer, Koshien, will most probably have to move away from the mid-August setting.
But despite the laundry-list of challenges, the idea is unmistakably gaining momentum as the pandemic forces long-term school closures. The driving force behind the push, is a hope that bringing the nation in line with