Japan Lifts Target of Company-Run Nursery Capacity to 70,000 (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government aims to increase the combined capacity of company-led nurseries to some 70,000 children before fiscal 2017 ends next March, up from the initially targeted 50,000, Matsuyama Masaji, minister for measures to address the declining birthrate, said Tuesday.
The move is part of the government's efforts to achieve its goal of eliminating the nursery waiting lists by the end of fiscal 2020.
Nurseries set up by companies mainly for children of their employees can receive subsidies almost equivalent to the amount paid to child care facilities certified by local government chiefs to meet state standards, if they meet certain criteria.
The government regards an increase of such company-led nurseries as an effective measure to shorten the long waiting lists of applicants for nursery facilities across the country.
Under its initial plan, the government aimed to secure a company-led nursery capacity of 50,000 children in two years through fiscal 2017.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]