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After a sultry summer, Japan’s students and teachers have returned to school, but some will suffer during September’s remaining hot days more than others. Government data shows air conditioning is becoming standard in most Japanese public schools, but a handful of cities and prefectures are resisting the trend for questionable reasons.

Every three years the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) conducts a survey into the number of school classrooms with air conditioners. MEXT released results from its most recent survey on June 9.

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