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The ratio of married women in Japan who expressed a desire to have a baby as soon as possible in a recent online survey has risen sharply compared with a 2007 poll, reflecting the accelerating trend to marry late, a research institute said Wednesday.

Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, a think tank of Benesse Corp., a provider of correspondence education and lifestyle-related services, found that 56.9 percent of married women polled said they want to have a child, little changed from 58.2 percent in the 2007 survey.

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