TOKYO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Schools in Japan's
flu-stricken Osaka and Hyogo prefectures resumed classes Monday following a
one-week closure, local media reported.
The move came after Japan relaxed its restrictions on
measures against the A/H1N1 flu virus, notably those of allowing local
authorities to decide whether to close or reopen schools as well as dropping
onboard checks of passengers on flights from North America to Japan and lifting
its suspension of visa waivers for Mexicans wishing to enter Japan.
Certain schools, including Kobe High School and Hyogo
High School, where Japan's first cases of the new flu infections were
discovered, have yet to reopen.
Osaka Governor Toru Hashimoto said that while
striving to curb the spread of the new flu, the government shall "make the
hardest efforts to regain functions" of the prefecture.
With more confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu reported in
Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, Japan's tally of the new flu patients amounted to
344 on Monday.
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