Fukushima schools kick off semester


Public elementary and junior high schools in the city of Fukushima kicked off a new semester Wednesday, one week earlier than normal amid the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis.

Those schools had extended summer vacation by one week last year as schools and local governments took measures to cope with radiation fallout from the crippled plant. To catch up, they instead shortened the winter vacation by one week.

“The winter vacation was shorter, but I’m happy because I can see friends,” said Manato Fujiwara, 6, a student at the Fukushima No. 3 Elementary School.