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A total of 894 buildings at public elementary and junior high schools were not earthquake-proof as of April 1, down from 978 a year before, an education ministry survey has shown.

The proportion of quake-proofed buildings was unchanged at 99.2 percent, the ministry said. A delay in seismic upgrades was noted at schools in small municipalities or at facilities expected to be integrated with others, the ministry said Friday.

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