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The number of children on day care waiting lists hit a record-low of 12,439 in Japan as of April 1, the government said Friday, but it abandoned the goal of reducing the figure to zero by next March.

The tally was down 4,333 from the year before thanks to an increase in the number of facilities, even though there was a record-high of 2.84 million applications for spots, up 58,000. The survey began in 1994.

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