Regarding Takamitsu Sawa’s June 16 opinion piece “No end in sight to the debate over Japan's school year”, I agree with his idea to start the academic year after a long summer holiday. However, his idea to pay university teachers for only nine months seems to be rather immature.

Firstly, speaking as a university teacher with an experience of over 20 years, if I would have to look for new sources of income for the three summer months each year, my mind in the rest of the year would not be fully concentrated on my teaching and research duties, but on how to secure funds.

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