Noda eyes 2018 run for LDP presidency

/ Apr 29, 2017

Noda eyes 2018 run for LDP presidency

Senior lawmaker Seiko Noda of the Liberal Democratic Party says she's interested in running for president of the ruling party in fall 2018. Noda, former chairwoman of the LDP's General Council, said in an interview that she will enter the presidential race with a package ...

Mar 30, 2017

Nursery school waiting list criteria to be broadened

A welfare ministry panel on Thursday said children will be included on nursery school waiting lists if a shortage of available facilities has prevented their parents from returning to work. Government officials said decisions on waiting list eligibility were currently at the discretion of local ...

Nursery school teachers to get pay hike in 2017 budget

/ Dec 20, 2016

Nursery school teachers to get pay hike in 2017 budget

The government will earmark ¥54 billion in the fiscal 2017 budget to increase monthly pay for nursery teachers and improve their working conditions, officials said. The amount was set during negotiations on budget requests between Finance Minister Taro Aso and labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. The ministers ...

Jul 28, 2015

Metro area sees fewer children on nursery school waiting list

The number of children in Tokyo who were still waiting to enter nursery schools as of April has decreased from the year before for the first time in three years, NHK reported Tuesday, citing Tokyo Metropolitan Government data. The figure stood at 7,814 in April, ...

Jun 25, 2014

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 ...

May 18, 2014

More private firms entering nursery school business

The number of authorized nursery schools run by private companies is rising, offering fresh hope to parents whose children are on waiting lists in urban areas. As of April 2013, there were 474 such nurseries, up 24 percent from a year ago, the Health, Labor ...