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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has finalized a proposal urging the government to shelve the adoption of a new September school reopening plan that could add five more months to the school year, further dampening momentum for what was initially hailed as a solution to the pandemic-derailed academic calendar.

The proposal was submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, with the government reportedly expected to decide by the end of this month whether to move the start of the nation’s academic year from April to September.

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