One in 29 babies born in Japan in 2014 had at least one non-Japanese parent, a Kyodo News analysis of government data found, increasing the need to provide language support to such families at schools and medical facilities.

Of the 1.02 million babies born in Japan in that year, an estimated 35,000, or about 3.4 percent, had at least one parent who is not Japanese, according to population statistics compiled by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The proportion is close to the record high of 3.4 percent in 2008.