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Tuesday, 21st May 2013
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Yokohama eliminates nursery waiting lists

Japanese parents who both work may be tempted to move to Yokohama after officials from the city hall announced that there are no longer any children on nursery school waiting lists.

In 2010, the government set a target to cut the number of infants looking for a place at pre-school from 179 to zero by 2013, and the city has therefore achieved its goal.

Officials said that the goal was met partly by encouraging private companies to enter into the nursery business.

Although the issue has been solved in one prefecture, it is a problem seen across the country.

The Labour ministry announced that in October 2012, there were approximately 46,127 children on waiting lists for nurseries in Japan.

In response, Prime Minister Abe stated that he would be increasing  nursery school places to 400,000 by 2017 in a bid to cut the number of children on waiting lists to zero. 

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