At least one case (possibly 3 at the time of this writing) cases of H1N1 influenza have been verified in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The significance of these cases is that none of the high school students involved have been abroad recently, thus the flu must have come through a source in Japan. (The other cases were students from Osaka, but those students were quarantined near Haneda Airport in Tokyo.)
The overreaction of the government is to close schools for a week in the area where the student lives, the area in which he goes to school, and areas he passes through. The underreaction aspect of this is that they are only closing schools in the wards through which the student has passed, not cities. Therefore (again, as of this writing) Chuo Ward, Nada Ward, Higashinada Ward, and Akashi City schools will be closed for a week.
If they are truly worried about contamination, maybe they should be concerned with other kids from his school that live in, or pass through other parts of the city… or the various festivals going on around town today.
We’ll see if they either extend the week off to schools throughout the prefecture, or come to their senses and let the flu be the flu.