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Day-care centers for children and other public facilities are the most important places for mothers in Japan have their children looked after when they are at work, replacing their parents, a survey of married women by a government-affiliated institute on Friday showed.

In the survey, conducted in July last year, 42.0 percent of respondents said they leave their children at nurseries and other public facilities when they are at work, up 8.2 percentage points from the previous survey five years earlier.

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