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As colleges start back, students need support at this difficult time

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Practically all of Japan’s universities, junior colleges and technical colleges are expected to resume on-campus classes from this school year’s second term, which typically starts in September or October.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the universities and colleges to hold most of their classes online for as long as half a year.

Japan’s school year starts in April and ends in March.

Not that all classes will be operating as usual.

Most of the universities and colleges will be combining face-to-face classes to be taught on campus with remote classes to be given online. Education ministry figures show one-third of the universities and colleges will be providing fewer face-to-face classes than their remote counterparts.

One survey has provided worrying results.

The survey was conducted this past summer of about 9,000 students by the National Federation of University Cooperative Associations. Asked about their physical and mental conditions, some 4,000 respondents said they seldom feel motivated, with another 4,000 or so saying........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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