In addition to the new coronavirus, the earthquake off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture has also affected the first semester of secondary examinations for public universities, which began on the 25th.
At the University of Tokyo in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, students wearing masks lined up in front of the main gate two hours before the start of the exam, waiting with their reference books open.
A male high school student in Tokyo said, "I refrained from going out and tried my best at home. The students around me seem to be very smart, but I want to keep up with them.
A 19-year-old prep school student from Ibaraki Prefecture said, "This month's earthquake shook me so much that I was a little worried about what would happen if the earthquake shook the exam too. It was hard to get online for my classes at prep school, but I want to enjoy my club activities at university, so I want to give it all I've got.
According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the number of applicants for the second round of the examinations, including the first, middle and second semesters, was 425,415, and the average application ratio was
National universities: 3.8 times
5.9 times for public universities
The overall ratio was 4.3 times.
All of these figures are 0.1 percentage points lower than last year, but remain at about the same level.
This year, due to the spread of the infection, there have been a number of changes: Yokohama National University, Utsunomiya University and Shinshu University have cancelled individual examinations and will use the results of common tests to determine whether students pass or fail.
In addition, the earthquake off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on the 13th of this month has affected some universities, with some changing the venue.
The acceptance announcement of the first semester of the second examination will be made by
Public universities from the 3rd of next month
National universities will announce the results on the 6th of next month.