A city in Niigata Prefecture has decided to drop milk from school lunches from September.
Sanjo City decided last December to try serving school lunches without milk packs at its 30 elementary and junior high schools for a four-month trial period through April this year.
After discussions with parents, children and teachers, the board of education decided to drop milk from lunches permanently from September, Sankei Shimbun reported. The main reason given by parents was that milk doesn't go with the flavor of Japanese-style dishes such as fish, pork cutlets and vegetables, rice and miso soup usually served at lunch.
However, the Japan Dietetic Association said that many children don’t receive sufficient amounts of calcium in their diets at home, and that school lunch milk plays a vital role in addressing this problem. The education board said milk in 200-milliliter packs will still be available for children during special "Drink Times" during the day.© Japan Today