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About 700 elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima Prefecture held ceremonies Friday to kick off the new school year, but some have significantly fewer new students compared with last April.

About 34,450 students had entered elementary or junior high schools in the prefecture as of Friday, down 1,450 from the previous year, the prefecture’s education board said. Many relocated with their families to other areas of Japan to avoid radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

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