Nearly half of parents in Japan who responded to a recent survey by The Japan Times have considered using baby sitters but have not done so, with many citing lack of know-how on finding the right sitters as well as financial constraints.

The JT recently asked the opinions of readers on hiring baby sitters or nannies in Japan. The use of such people is not common in the nation, despite high demand for parenting assistance, and amid the dire shortage of day care and nurseries, especially in big cities.