College entrance exams start in Japan
NHK -- Jan 14
Students and graduates of high schools across Japan are sitting the annual unified college and university entrance examinations.

The 2 days of tests began on Saturday. About 580,000 applicants this year take exams at 695 sites. The start of the exams was delayed by up to one hour at 7 venues due to heavy snowfalls and other reasons.

At a University of Tokyo campus in Bunkyo Ward, applicants began gathering shortly before 8 AM.

An 18-year-old student accompanied by her mother said she is anxious, but wants to do her best for her parents and teachers.

Another 18-year-old said he has is confident as he studied hard. He said he wants to be a civil servant in the field of education administration and needs to be accepted by the universities he has chosen.

The National Center for University Entrance Examinations says snow held up the exams at Niigata University and the Nippon Dental University. Delays to trains affected the test at the Yokohama National University and another site.

In the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, police ferried 4 students to an exam site by patrol car, as their trains were delayed in a rail crossing accident.

News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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