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A new activist group campaigning for better child care policies in Japan said at its inaugural event Saturday that it intends to put direct pressure on the government by highlighting Japan’s shortcomings compared with other countries.

Speaking at a symposium in Minato Ward, Tokyo, representatives of Japan Child Care Cheer Group said the nation’s low fertility rate of 1.34 is largely due to the insufficient support available for child-rearing families and working parents.

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