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The board of education in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, intends to introduce combined elementary and junior high schools in fiscal 2006 and reduce the number of years students receive elementary school-style education, board members said Wednesday.

Under the new system, students will receive four years of elementary school education and five years of junior high classes, as opposed to the six years and three years currently received. The change will be carried out to correspond with children’s psychological and physical growth patterns, the board said.

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