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September 02, 2003

Yokohama to Go Semester

The Yokohama city educational board announced yesterday that all 521 municipally-run schools will switch from a three-term to a two-term system next year. The main reason given for the change to a semester system was that it creates more class time. A study of the system this year at 59 elementary and junior high schools showed that the number of ceremonies and periodical tests is reduced. The new system would divide the terms with a five-day break in mid-October. Currently nationwide, 2.2% (519) of elementary schools and 3% (310) of Junior highs follow the semester system. It has already been fully implemented in the cities of Sendai and Kanazawa.

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