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TOYAMA (Kyodo) Japan used to be known as a country with a near fanatical devotion to education, but it now not uncommon to hear of high school students refusing to attend class.

According to a survey last August by the education ministry, about 2 percent of the nation’s high school students, or some 67,000, do not go to school, leading some to worry that they may become “NEETs” — those not in education, employment or training — or remain shut-ins at home.

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