• Kyodo


The head of Keidanren has accepted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request for corporations to help the country expand child care services, to the tune of about ¥300 billion ($2.7 billion).

Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the nation’s biggest business lobby also known as the Japan Business Federation, said during a government advisory panel meeting that he would accept the request so more people can remain in the workforce while raising children. He said, however, that ¥300 billion should be “the upper limit.”

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