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September 18, 2002

Summer Holidays in October?

Earlier this month, the education ministry made an appeal to prefectural education boards to consider moving part of the summer vacation to the autumn. This has already been implemented in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, where a week has been taken from the elementary and junior high school summer break and students get a full week off in October. A similar system is also in place in Nagano Prefecture. The main purpose of the plan is to boost the tourism industry by reducing the travel bottlenecks that invariably build up in summer.

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