In mid-April, 87 second-year medical students at Fujita Health University in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, submitted a petition to the head of the faculty pleading for the university to hold anatomy training classes.

The university shut down back then after the government declared a state of emergency earlier that month. The shutdown of the university led to the cancellation of anatomy classes, which allow students to dissect donated bodies of patients and understand how the human body works.

“We believe the classes are essential for us to become good doctors,” said Hitomi Nakamura, 20, who compiled the petition.