Japan Starts Big Data Research on Babies (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)—Japan's National Center for Child Health and Development said Tuesday that it has started joint research into babies' growth, development and habits utilizing big data on child-rearing acquired through a smartphone application.

The center will analyze data on over 100,000 babies, including sleep lengths and the number of defecations, to find out how babies' growth progress over time and differ among individuals and to identify relations between specific habits and growth.

The results of the research will be used to detect diseases early and provide information to parents to help remove their anxieties over child-rearing.

The app, developed by Tokyo-based information technology company First Ascent, has been downloaded by more than 170,000 users since its launch in September 2013.

According to the center, there has been no survey on babies' lives in Japan except for the one conducted by the health ministry every 10 years. Elsewhere in the world, no large-scale research into babies' lives can be found, the center also said.

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