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November 19, 2008

Schools likely to be closed if there is a flu epidemic

The government is likely to close all schools in a prefecture if there is a serious flu epidemic, particularly if it is a new kind of flu. Schools are regarded as the major source of the spread of infectious diseases.

Language schools, particularly those that charge a monthly tuition fee, will have serious problems if this happens. During the bird flu scare many schools looked into how to get insurance to cover their losses if students stayed at home either because of a government order or simply to reduce the chances of catching the flu. At that time, insurance companies seemed unwilling to provide support, and the same things is likely to happen with any future problem of this kind.

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