• SHARE

Exacerbating the worsening problem of truancy, an estimated 10,100 students who did attend school last year spent most of their time in infirmaries, double the corresponding figure for 1990, according to a report released by the Education Ministry.

There were an estimated 2,800 such students at elementary schools, 5,700 at junior high schools and 1,600 at high schools.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW