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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
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Japanese prime minister promises to eliminate nursery waiting lists

Parents in Japan who remain concerned about long waiting lists for nursery will no doubt be pleased to hear that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to eliminate the issue by March 2018.

The prime minister suggested in a news conference held on Friday, April 19th, that it was a key part of encouraging economic growth in the country.

He implied that getting women back into the workforce was vital in order to bolster the economy. Mr Abe believes that giving parents improved childcare will help to encourage mothers back to work.

In addition, he suggested that the government may offer businesses financial incentives for improving parental leave.

The news follows a proposal by a panel who advise the Cabinet Office that Japan's nursery waiting list should be cut by 2014.

Initially the panel suggested that the government's target of sorting the issue within five years was not an acceptable time frame.

Written by Graham McPherson