MAEBASHI, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) A growing number of local governments are handing out discount cards for goods and services to families with children to promote the creation of family-friendly communities.

But since the plan depends on the shops’ goodwill to shoulder the amount of the discount, the number of participating stores is growing at a snail’s pace.

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