Nursery field should be open to stock companies, FTC says


Japan’s Fair Trade Commission urged local governments on Wednesday to remove barriers to shareholder-owned companies setting up and operating nursery schools.

Local governments should end unfair practices that discriminate against certain businesses, the commission said.

The FTC, which conducted a survey, said some local governments not only deny stock companies entry into the nursery sector, they also impose conditions that make it impossible to participate.

The recommendation comes at a time when cutting waiting lists for nursery schools has become an important issue in Japan. The nursery sector is also seen as a growth area.

At a press conference, FTC Chairman Kazuyuki Sugimoto stressed that companies should be allowed to compete regardless of their type of business as long as they adhere to the rules.